The California Supreme Court's decision requires suspects to have a lawyer's understanding of when they need to invoke their right to remain silent and how they are supposed to do so in order to ensure that this right is preserved.
Because of an oddity in the Supreme Court's death penalty cases, it is perfectly constitutional under existing precedents to execute people with very serious mental illness except in limited circumstances.
The order will not itself prevent Mr. Wood from being executed using contaminated drugs or by an unqualified executioner. It will give his attorneys information that they need to challenge Arizona's execution procedures.
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