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Supreme Court To Consider Pro-Defense Ruling By 9th Circuit

Publication Date: 2014-10-21
Source: Daily Journal

Professor Robert Weisberg spoke with The Daily Journal's Emily Green about the Supreme Court's decision to review a pro-inmate death penalty decision from the 9th Circuit and how the key issue for the Court will be about "deference federal courts owe state courts" in habeas cases.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday it will review a controversial pro-inmate death penalty decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The August 2012 ruling found that a San Quentin inmate on death row for 23 years should receive a new trial because the prosecutor struck all potential black and Hispanic jurors from the jury pool.

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Robert Weisberg, co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, said the key issue for the U.S. Supreme Court in this case is less about racial bias in jury selection as it is about the "deference federal courts owe state courts" in habeas cases.

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