Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case coming out of Texas, where a man was sentenced to die over 36 years ago.
Bobby James Moore faced a jury and a death penalty sentence back in 1980 for the killing of a store employee during an armed robbery of a grocery store in Houston, Texas.
Bobby James Moore has faced execution every day since then. That’s been 36 years of facing death.
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Now, Mr. Moore’s lawyers are arguing that being in this position for three and a half DECADES is cruel and unusual punishment.
His constitutional rights have been violated because the Eighth Amendment protects him, and all citizens against cruel and unusual punishment.
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Important fact here: since 2001, Mr. Moore has lived in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. Alone, in a cell, every day 365 days a year, for the past 15 years.
(Moore also has a second issue before SCOTUS. He’s also arguing that the Eighth Amendment has been violated in his case because of the use of antiquated medical testing on his intellectual abilities in order to allow him to be executed at all.)