01:34 PM | Lyle Denniston | Comments (0)
The Supreme Court on Friday added four new cases to its decision docket in the current Term, including a test of federal courts' authority to overturn a state trial judge's decision to remove a juror from a capital trial because of that juror's views about capital punishment. That case is Uttecht v. Brown (06-413, petition). During jury selection in this Washington State murder case, the trial judge dismissed a juror because of equivocal statements about the death penalty. After the Washington Supreme Court upheld that dismissal, the case went to federal habeas court, leading to a Ninth Circuit ruling that barring a juror is allowed only if it is clear that that juror would not follow the law. The order list can be found here.
01:34 PM | Jason Harrow | Comments (0)
The Court has granted 4 cases (the order list is now here):
None have been expedited. Regular orders will appear on Tuesday at 10 AM eastern.