Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Of Mice and Men and Death in Texas: SCOTUS to Review Use of “Lennie” Standard in Death Penalty Cases

In 2002, the Supreme Court of the United States in Atkins v. Virginia ruled that executing an intellectually disabled person was a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” Here’s what Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in his opinion:”Construing and applying the Eighth Amendment in the light of […]

Constitutional Law Criminal Law Litigation

Case of Texas Judge Reveals Coziness Between DA’s Office and Bench

We can always count on the glorious state of Texas to bring us the extremes of the criminal justice system: executing a man with a 61 IQ, for example. And now from Polk County Texas comes a story that a judge was texting a prosecutor a line of questioning in the middle of a trial, […]