Supreme Court considers standard of review for new evidence in murder case

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments Wednesday in House v. Bell [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], where it will decide whether appellant Paul Gregory House, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the abduction, attempted rape and murder of Carolyn Muncey in July 1985, presented enough exculpatory evidence to merit another look at his case. The justices focused on the standard of review to be used by lower courts when deciding whether to consider new evidence of innocence, with Justice Scalia affirming that new evidence will be admitted only if no reasonable juror would have voted for conviction if the new evidence were presented. AP has more.



 

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