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- The Supreme Court appears poised to rule in favor of a death row inmate whose lawyers never filed an appeal because the letter informing them of the need to do so was returned to sender.
- Justice Scalia was the only justice who appeared ready to just let the man die, although even he had a damning question for the attorney arguing in favor of execution: “Does anything happen to the counsel who have been inadequate in a capital case? Other than getting another capital case?”
- Meanwhile, the Court appeared much more divided on the question of whether police need to re-read an inmate’s Miranda rights if they take them out of their cell to be interrogated for a new crime.
- Justice Clarence Thomas, who thinks that federal child labor laws and the ban on whites-only lunch counters are unconstitutional, has now been a justice for 20 years.
- And, finally, all of us here at ThinkProgress Justice are proud of the fact that we are “evil.”