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Death sentence

Nov 30, 2016

Criminal Practice – Death Sentence Overturned for Racist Remarks

Bennett v. Stirling (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-170-16, 19 pp.) (Wilkinson, J.) No. 16-3, Nov. 21, 2016; USDC at Charleston, S.C. (Gergel, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: The 4th Circuit affirms a grant of habeas relief overturning a death sentence imposed on an African-American man convicted of murder, because the sentencing proceeding before an all-white South Carolina […]

Feb 17, 2016

Court documents: Federal panel to consider death sentence

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Court documents indicate a federal panel will consider later this month whether a man should face a death sentence if he’s convicted of killing two York County, South Carolina, residents. WBTV reported that a U.S. Justice Department panel will meet later this month to consider whether Malcolm Hartley should face a […]

Mar 3, 2015

Man convicted in 2005 Horry County killing seeks new trial

A man on death row for killing two people on the South Carolina coast 10 years ago is seeking a new trial.

Jul 10, 2014

Bible verse may have tainted jury, court rules

A death row inmate is entitled to a hearing to determine whether his sentencing was prejudiced by a juror whose father referred her to a Bible passage about taking “an eye for an eye,” the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 2. Jason Hurst was convicted for the 2002 murder of Daniel Branch […]

Oct 21, 2013

High court to review death sentence for inmate with low IQ

Eleven years after the Supreme Court barred states from executing mentally disabled inmates, the justices said Monday they will take up a Florida case over how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death.

Oct 16, 2013

Supreme Court reverses death sentence in torture case

South Carolina's high court on Wednesday reversed the death sentence of a man convicted in a teen's 2001 torture and death, ruling that the defendant should have been allowed to represent himself at trial.

Aug 3, 2012

Man on death row for 11 years to go free

The first man sentenced to death in South Carolina for killing an unborn child is set to be released from prison this week, state officials said July 31. Joseph Lee Ard, 41, was sentenced to time served last week after a new jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter. That crime carries a maximum of five years in prison; Ard has been incarcerated since 1993, according to prison records.

Mar 25, 2011

Condemned man can’t waive court review

  By FRED HORLBECK, Senior Staff Writer [email protected] A murder convict who waived appeals of his death sentence in a bid for execution could not also waive a court review of his sentence, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled. Justices ruled that the court had a statutory duty to review the sentence and that Jeffrey […]

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