Supreme Court to consider constitutionality of restraints during penalty phase of murder trial

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Deck v. Missouri, where the court will decide whether it is unconstitutional to conduct the penalty phase of a murder trial if the defendant is shackled and handcuffed in full view of the jury. Read the Missouri Supreme Court decision appealed from here. AP has more

Among the cases the Court declined to hear was an appeal by former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker of his 1998 conviction on tax conspiracy charges. AP has more. The Court also declined to hear a challenge to an Ohio ruling that attorney-client privilege may be waived by the client's widower. Again, AP has more. Read the Court's full Order List [PDF].

Also Monday, and as previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider Texas' congressional map.

 

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