Clinic Files Supreme Court Brief in Support of Relief for Death-Row Inmate
In June the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Thomas Miller-El v. Dretke , a case in which the Death Penalty Clinic and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood of Washington, D.C., had filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the petition for review. On September 4, the Death Penalty Clinic and the Sidley firm filed an amicus brief urging that the Supreme Court reverse Miller-El's conviction and death sentence. This is the fourth such brief the clinic has filed in support of Miller-El's claim that prosecutors intentionally struck African-Americans from his trial jury in violation of the rule established in Batson v. Kentucky . Amici include former federal appellate court judges, a former deputy U.S. attorney general, a former FBI director, former state attorneys general, former assistant U.S. attorneys, and the former district attorney of Boston. The case will be heard during the Court's fall 2004 term.
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