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Death Row Cases To Move Quicker – Supreme Court

01/30/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court  ruled in an Arizona case that a death row inmate can’t delay his case indefinitely.  In the case a mentally incompetent inmate, Ernest Gonzales, had delayed his case because an appeals court had ruled he was not competent to assist his attorneys.  Gonzales had murdered a man in front of his family in 1990.  As the years went on he refused to see his defense attorneys.  The Supreme court reversed the appeals court and said the case could proceed without the participation of the defendant.  The prosecution said the case could proceed using only court documents.  Thee are currently about 700 other cases at the same stage of appeal as Gonzales. 

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