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Justices Upend Death-Row Inmate’s Ineffective Assistance Win (1)

July 2, 2021, 1:46 PMUpdated: July 2, 2021, 2:13 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed an Alabama death-row inmate’s habeas corpus win on ineffective assistance, in a case that Justice Sonia Sotomayor said continues a troubling trend in rulings against those facing execution.

The summary reversal on Friday, over dissent from the court’s three Democratic appointees, is the high court’s latest rebuff of a federal court for not giving a state court ruling against a criminal defendant due deference.

The 6-3 split marks the end of a high court term that frequently saw that divide in capital cases, including in disputes over the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions.

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