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June 30, 2022

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SCOTUS Rules To Strike Down Innocent Prisoners’ Right To Retrial

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The Supreme Court voted to dismantle constitutional protections allowing prisoners to appeal their case to Federal judges after claiming they were wrongfully convicted in a state court. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report.

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Supreme court guts lifeline for prisoners who claim wrongful convictions – https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/may/23/us-supreme-court-prisoners-ineffective-counsel-challenges

"The US supreme court on Monday gutted constitutional protections that for years have provided a federal lifeline to innocent prisoners facing prolonged incarceration or even execution following wrongful convictions stemming from poor legal counsel given to them by the states.

In a 6 to 3 ruling, the newly-dominant rightwing majority of the nation’s highest court barred federal courts from hearing new evidence that was not previously presented in a state court as a result of the defendant’s ineffective legal representation.

The decision means that prisoners will no longer have recourse to federal judges even when they claim they were wrongfully convicted because their lawyers failed to conduct their cases properly."

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