by Jim Thompson
At The Marshall Project, Maurice Chammah examines the legal crisis surrounding the death penalty in Missouri. Meanwhile, Erik Eckholm at The New York Times reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will consider if long delays between conviction and execution constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Gary D. Robertson writes for the Associated Press that the Supreme Court of North Carolina will revisit a case regarding the state’s discriminatory redistricting efforts.
In The New York Times, Adam Liptak discusses why the Supreme Court’s “long conference” is more inhospitable to petitions for certiorari than all other conferences held throughout the year.