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Supreme Court to Review Double Murderer's Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a Texas gang member convicted of murder and sentenced to death for killing a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother. Erick Davila argues that his conviction for capital murder should be overturned because his habeas corpus attorney failed to claim that his appeals attorney was incompetent for failing to argue that an instruction given to the sentencing jury was improper. >>
High Court to Review Juvenile Murdererís Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument Wednesday in the case of Weaver v. Massachusetts. At issue is whether the Constitution requires a conviction be invalidated by an alleged error, although the error had no effect on the fairness of the trial or the defendantís case. >>
Legal Group: Weaker Sentencing Killed Whittier Cop
Michael Mejia, a gang member released from jail ten days earlier, has been identified as the suspect in the killing of a Whittier police officer and the injuring of another in a shootout. Authorities attributed his being on the streets to AB109, . . . >>