With all the talk about the Supreme Court of the United States okaying the State of Oklahoma’s lethal injection method of execution (see Glossip v. Gross), there hasn’t been much discussion about two other capital punishment cases that were pending before the High Court.
1. Brumfield v. Cain
Out of Louisiana, the issue here is if the procedure that state has set up to decide if someone is mentally disabled, and therefore protected by this Eighth Amendment bar from being executed, past constitutional muster. Here’s our post with details on the case.
Result: on June 18, 2015, the High Court reversed the lower court’s decision and remanded the case back for a trial on the merits regarding the inmate’s intellectual disability and whether under Atkins v. Virginia he can or cannot be executed.
2. Hurst v. Florida
Coming from Florida, the only issue being decided by SCOTUS is if Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme violates either the Sixth Amendment or the Eighth Amendment in light of Ring v. Arizona, 536 U. S. 584 (2002). Here’s our post with details on this important Florida death penalty case.
Result: Pending. Amici briefs were still being filed in June 2015; no oral argument has been scheduled yet.
Follow the SCOTUS Docket for Hurst v Florida here.
Follow the Hurst case via SCOTUSBlog here.