“AL: Repeated Prosecutorial Misconduct the Unseen Backdrop to the State’s Push to Execute Vernon Madison


AL: Repeated Prosecutorial Misconduct the Unseen Backdrop to the State’s Push to Execute Vernon Madison

AL: Repeated Prosecutorial Misconduct the Unseen Backdrop to the State’s Push to Execute Vernon Madison

Last week, media provided heavy coverage to a 4-to-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which denied the State of Alabama’s request to lift a stay of Vernon Madison’s execution. Numerous outlets discussed how the Supreme Court’s outlook and decision-making have changed since Justice Scalia passed away in February. With the stay order issued by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals still in place, Madison’s lawyers must file a brief by May 27 on questions pertaining to his competency to be executed. While that issue will now become the focal point of efforts to prevent or proceed with Madison’s execution, it’s also worth taking stock of the remarkable history of prosecutorial misconduct which resides just beneath the surface of the case. …

Madison, an African-American man, was tried to verdict on three occasions for the killing of a white police officer named Julius Schulte.

http://www.prosecutorialaccountability.com/2016/05/16/al-repeated-prosecutorial-misconduct-the-unseen-backdrop-to-the-states-push-to-execute-vernon-madison/

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