SCOTUS: Justices side with inmate on death row

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March 8, 2011
The Associated Press    
Posted in PND News

"The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday for a Texas inmate sentenced to die for killing his girlfriend and her two adult sons nearly two decades ago, saying the man who came within about an hour of being executed last year can ask to test crime-scene evidence he says may show he is innocent. By its 6-to-3 ruling, the court ensured that Hank Skinner won’t be put to death any time soon while his legal case continues. But the decision doesn’t necessarily result in Skinner winning the right to perform genetic testing on evidence found at the scene of the triple slayings in a home in Pampa in the Texas Panhandle on New Year’s Eve 1993. Such a request would still have to go through the courts." (03/08/11)

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