Our colleague Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker Green has a new post on SCOTUS Today that will be of interest to our readers: “The Court Won’t Allow Second-Guessing of Convictions Supported by Persuasive Evidence”.
The following is an excerpt:
In a per curiam opinion (Sotomayor, J., dissenting without opinion), the Court today decided the case of Mays v. Hines, reversing the Sixth Circuit and reinstating a judgment of conviction in a murder case that originated almost 35 years ago.
Hines had been convicted of murder in the wake of evidence that he had been seen fleeing the scene in the victim’s car while wearing a bloody shirt. He was later heard by family members to admit to stabbing someone at the motel where the murder took place. Nevertheless, years after trial, a divided panel of the Sixth Circuit rendered a majority decision that Hines should be given a new trial because his attorney should have worked harder to blame someone else for the crime.
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