Supreme Court Strips Legal Challenge Rights From Wrongfully Convicted Inmates

A new Supreme Court decision will strip American citizens of more rights as the conservative majority ruled in the Shinn v. Martinez Ramirez convicts on death row could still face execution and indefinite imprisonment even if they were given inadequate legal representation during their state court trials. The liberal dissenting justices slammed the decision as it will leave little options available to convicts who did not receive proper legal counsel at the state level, disproportionately affecting the poor and people of color.


“Legal experts responded with alarm Monday to a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority that could lead to the indefinite imprisonment and even execution of people who argue their lawyers didn’t provide adequate representation after convictions in state court. Justice Sonia Sotomayor—joined by the other two liberals on the court—also blasted the majority opinion in Shinn v. Martinez Ramirez, writing in her scathing dissent that the decision is both “perverse” and “illogical.” The case involved two men, David Martinez Ramirez and Barry Lee Jones, who are on death row in Arizona. The majority determined that inmates can’t present new evidence in federal court to support a claim that their post-conviction attorney in state court was ineffective, in violation of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which affirms the right to “the assistance of counsel” in all criminal prosecutions.”

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