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Supreme Court ruling protects attorneys at expense of innocent defendants, jurors

The Supreme Court opinion in Shinn v. Ramirez that decided two Arizona death penalty cases held that federal courts must not intervene to develop a factual record when counsel fails to present evidence, potentially sending innocent people to their deaths.... Read more»

Supreme Court weighs claims in two Arizona death penalty appeals

The Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with the question of whether two Arizona death-row inmates can pursue new claims in federal court, or whether federal law prohibits hearings into those claims. ... Read more»

Supreme Court to consider if two Arizona death-row inmates get new hearings

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will consider whether two Arizona death-row inmates should get new hearings based on claims that attorneys who represented them decades ago failed to present evidence that could have spared them. ... Read more»

Az death sentence overturned; defense lawyers 'dropped ball' in 1994 trial

A federal appeals court overturned an Arizona death row inmate’s conviction for the 1994 sexual assault and murder of a 4-year-old Tucson girl, saying attorneys in his case “dropped the ball” by failing to challenge the state’s evidence.... Read more»