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High Court Takes up Case of Cop Killer who Can’t Remember Crime

Feb. 26, 2018, 2:38 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 26 took up the case of an Alabama cop killer with dementia who says he can’t remember his crime.

Vernon Madison hopes his case will turn out more favorably than his last high court encounter, when the justices in 2017 reversed a federal appeals court ruling that found him incompetent to be executed for the 1985 killing in Mobile.

After that decision, Madison returned claiming that he had new evidence related to his competency claim. The court stayed his execution Jan. 25 over the dissent of Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Neil...

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