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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:03 AM

BREAKING: The Supreme Court declined to take up the case of a death row inmate, Charles Rhines.

BREAKING: The Supreme Court declined to take up the case of a death row inmate, Charles Rhines. He sought to challenge his sentence based on evidence of anti-gay bias in juror statements. https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/041519zor_h3dj.pdf






Late yesterday, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review Charles Rhines’ case because there is compelling evidence that at least some of the jurors sentenced him to death in part because he is gay. The brief argues that sexual orientation discrimination must be removed from the administration of justice, and that jury sentences infected by anti-gay bias – like the death sentence handed down in Mr. Rhines’ case – must not stand.

“No person should be put to death because of who they are,” said Daniel Harawa, Assistant Counsel at LDF. “Jury verdicts infected by anti-gay bias, like those tainted by racial bias, undermine the Constitution’s promise of equal protection and an impartial jury. This is especially true in the capital context given the Eighth Amendment’s protection against the arbitrary or discriminatory imposition of the death penalty.”

LDF was lead counsel in Buck v. Davis, where the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Duane Buck’s death sentence because of the influence of racial bias. In an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court reaffirmed the longstanding principle that “[o]ur law punishes people for what they do, not who they are.”

LDF’s brief argues that this principle articulated by the Court in Buck should apply here. In Mr. Rhines’ case, one of the jurors signed an affidavit in which he invoked a disturbing anti-gay stereotype, stating that, “that if [Mr. Rhines] is gay, we’d be sending him where he wants to go if we voted for [life imprisonment].” Another juror added that during deliberations there was, “lots of discussion of homosexuality” and there “was a lot of disgust.” These remarks show that contrary to the principle underscored in Buck, some jurors sentenced Mr. Rhines to death not because of what he did, but because of who he is.

https://www.naacpldf.org/press-release/ldf-files-u-s-supreme-court-amicus-brief-urging-review-capital-case-involving-evidence-egregious-anti-gay-bias/

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:47 AM

1. Interesting that they couldn't get 4 for cert on this one.



Would have expected the liberal wing to at least be willing to hear the case.

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:50 AM

2. I had to google to find out what this guys crime was

Since it's was accidently left off this posting and article.

I think the death penalty is the correct sentence for the horrible murder he committed.

It's ashame that the jury made nasty comments about this sexuality, but I think they got the penalty right.


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