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Supreme Court grants reprieve to death row inmate over pentobarbital drug

he US Supreme Court granted a last minute stay to a convicted murderer who is challenging the drugs prison officials had planned to use for his execution on Wednesday. Death Row inmate Herbert Smulls was to be executed overnight Wednesday by the state of Missouri, but Justice Samuel Alito late…

Supreme Court hears ‘return to sender’ death row appeal

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Tuesday took up the case of a man on death row who failed to launch an appeal against his sentence in time because his lawyers had left their firm and left no forwarding address. Cory Maples was sentenced to death by an Alabama court…

Conservative-leaning Supreme Court often blurs line between government and religion

The US Supreme Court returns to work Monday, completed by two judges appointed by President Barack Obama, facing a busy docket crammed with issues such as the death penalty and freedom of expression. But despite Obama’s new appointments — Sonia Sotomayor who joined the bench at the start of the…

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