Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Comparison between Texas's Court of Criminal Appeals and SCOTUS as to Handling Last-Minute Death Appeals
If, God forbid, you ever find yourself working on a capital appeal, be aware of the practical details of filing last minute papers. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller famously let her court's office close so that a last minute appeal would not be accepted. You can search this blog for the struggle between Presiding Judge Keller (known as Sharon Killer to the death penalty defense bar) and those opposed to the death penalty, including, but not limited to, my old high school debate adversary University of Houston law professor David Dow. David Oscar Markus of the Southern District of Florida blog drew my attention to a New York Times article about the Supreme Court of the United States's "death clerk."