Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in the Face of Shinn v. Ramirez, 142 S. Ct. 1718 (2022).

By: Jaidyn Rumpca Shinn v. Ramirez,[1] decided in May 2022, thwarts federal courts’ abilities to consider evidence on ineffective assistance of counsel claims in death penalty cases. The Court in Ramirez held that a federal district court may not review evidence beyond a state-court record for ineffective assistance of counsel claims unless an exception under … Continue reading Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in the Face of Shinn v. Ramirez, 142 S. Ct. 1718 (2022).

THE 25 TO LIFE DEATH SENTENCE

By: Isabel Ranney A death sentence is a clear punishment. Anyone who receives the sentence is well aware of the end goal. As they begin the laborious appellate process, they have a distinct idea of what is at stake. A natural life sentence is similar (and is, effectively a death sentence all the same, though … Continue reading THE 25 TO LIFE DEATH SENTENCE

The Flaws in Framing the Death Penalty Around Innocence

By: Louis Gallegos Last year, eleven people were executed in America by their state or federal government. This is actually the lowest figure in three decades, due to logistical challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as dwindling support for the death penalty. Still, the death penalty remains a current and legally acceptable form … Continue reading The Flaws in Framing the Death Penalty Around Innocence

Sentenced to Solitary

By: Kylie Love On January 31, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he is moving to dismantle the United States’ largest death row. The state vows to transfer all individuals on death row within San Quentin State Prison to other maximum-security prisons within two years. With numerous critics and supporters of the decision on both sides … Continue reading Sentenced to Solitary

McCleskey’s Enduring Impact on Capital Punishment and Race

By: Princeton Wilson There is undoubtedly good news for those opposed to capital punishment. Domestic executions are at an all-time low. Only eleven people were executed in the U.S. in 2021, down from seventeen executions in 2020. The use of capital punishment is also declining on an international scale, with 170 member states of the … Continue reading McCleskey’s Enduring Impact on Capital Punishment and Race