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    Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    Balentine argued he deserved a reprieve because an ineffective trial lawyer failed to present mitigating evidence, such as emotional problems and a difficult upbringing, that could have led to a life sentence.
    Now here's what I don't understand - A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a man who was retarded, with a verifiable IQ of 61. Then they turn around and grant a reprieve to a triple killer who planned and executed his murders because his lawyer claims he had a difficult upbringing? This does not make sense.

    What the **** does the Supreme Court do on death sentence appeals? Do they flip a coin? Heads for fry 'em and tails for let 'em go? Seems that they do. Nothing else can explain this.

    Article is here.
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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Now here's what I don't understand - A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a man who was retarded, with a verifiable IQ of 61. Then they turn around and grant a reprieve to a triple killer who planned and executed his murders because his lawyer claims he had a difficult upbringing? This does not make sense.

    What the **** does the Supreme Court do on death sentence appeals? Do they flip a coin? Heads for fry 'em and tails for let 'em go? Seems that they do. Nothing else can explain this.

    Article is here.
    **** like this is why lawyers get a bad rep.His childhood and emotional are irrelevant to the fact he committed triple murder.
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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Now here's what I don't understand - A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a man who was retarded, with a verifiable IQ of 61. Then they turn around and grant a reprieve to a triple killer who planned and executed his murders because his lawyer claims he had a difficult upbringing? This does not make sense.

    What the **** does the Supreme Court do on death sentence appeals? Do they flip a coin? Heads for fry 'em and tails for let 'em go? Seems that they do. Nothing else can explain this.

    Article is here.
    It's very difficult to understand why there is such a difference in these two appeals. One, the Supreme Court refused to even hear. Yet they are accountable to no one -- neither their decisions nor why they made them.
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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    This is why I hate the idea that once on the Supreme Court you are there till you die or till you can't remember who you are.

    Justice Antonin Scalia reviewed Balentine's emergency appeal and referred the case to the full court for consideration.

    Here is another surprize. Justice Antonin Scalia is the longest-serving justice currently on the Court. Time to clean up some of the fossils in the court.

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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    I think the basis is not his "emotional problems" but his attorneys failure to present them as a possible mitigating factor. Theoretically, a lawyer is supposed to do everything possible for you no matter what they may think of you.

    Sure, he might not get executed. But he won't be going home anytime soon. I'm guessing that Texas prisons are not warm and fuzzy (just my guess).

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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Now here's what I don't understand - A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a man who was retarded, with a verifiable IQ of 61. Then they turn around and grant a reprieve to a triple killer who planned and executed his murders because his lawyer claims he had a difficult upbringing? This does not make sense.

    What the **** does the Supreme Court do on death sentence appeals? Do they flip a coin? Heads for fry 'em and tails for let 'em go? Seems that they do. Nothing else can explain this.

    Article is here.
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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    I think the basis is not his "emotional problems" but his attorneys failure to present them as a possible mitigating factor. Theoretically, a lawyer is supposed to do everything possible for you no matter what they may think of you.
    True ... however, the lawyer code of ethics requires them to also follow the law. I guess that means they aren't supposed to lie. I wonder why lawyer and liar share 3 of the same letters? Must be a coincidence.

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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    If lying were a crime....I can't even imagine how different it would all be.

    Quote Originally Posted by Another Lurker View Post
    True ... however, the lawyer code of ethics requires them to also follow the law. I guess that means they aren't supposed to lie. I wonder why lawyer and liar share 3 of the same letters? Must be a coincidence.

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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    If lying were a crime....I can't even imagine how different it would all be.
    No "if" to it. Ever heard of a concept called PERJURY?

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    Re: Top court halts Texas execution of convicted triple murderer

    So, when a lawyer knows you committed a crime and then has you plead not guilty, is that perjury?

    Also, lets not lose track of the original point. His lawyer would not have lied if he had presented ameliorating testimony about his childhood. Indeed, it was his responsibility to do so. His failure to do so was egregious enough to get a far-right judge to review the case.



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    No "if" to it. Ever heard of a concept called PERJURY?

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