UPDATE: Prosecution rests in prosecution over disappearance of Rilya Wilson. Defense case starts Wednesday.
Welcome to Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Day 1449 of the Obama Presidency. This is our 2,301st post. Today is the eighth day of 2013. Where did the time go?
Speaking of time, Texas inmate Jerry Hartfield was granted a new trial in his murder conviction in 1980. Over 32 years and 11,800 days later, he's still waiting for that new trial. His story is here.
The 11th Circuit loves deadlines in death penalty cases. In recent years, the US supreme court not so much. But still, the 11th circuit keeps trying. Here's the story of an inmate who made a timely filing-but didn't do it perfectly- and that was enough for the gotcha gang in Atlanta (motto "No mistakes tolerated") to close the doors to the courthouse to a death row inmate. This inmate is on death row after an Alabama Judge (Motto: "Kill em all, let the good and merciful lord sort em out") overrode a jury recommendation for life. Good thing that the death penalty is only sought in serious cases where there are no real issues.
Probably a good idea to avoid Judge Moreno for a few weeks and let him heal. And whatever you do, do not wear red inside his courtroom or mention "Roll" and "Tide" in the same conversation. But Judge Cohn might just be the guy to give you that downward departure your client needs.
Who's going to be our 400th follower on Twitter? Special recognition for the lucky tweeter.
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