Issue: (1) Whether the increasingly rare and geographically isolated practice of imposing the death penalty through override violates the nation's evolving standards of decency and the Eighth Amendment; and (2) whether, when the jury determines that aggravation does not outweigh mitigation, the trial judge's override of that determination based on evidence not considered by the jury violates the defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a jury under Ring v. Arizona.
On Monday the Court issued orders from the April 24 Conference, which Lyle reported on. We expect one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. We will be live-blogging beginning at 9:45.
This is the second week of the April sitting. On Tuesday the Court will hear oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, which is consolidated with three other cases, on the questions of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states grant and/or recognize same-sex marriages. We will be live-blogging updates from the oral argument beginning at 11 a.m.
Glossip v. Gross The constitutionality under the Eighth Amendment of using a sedative as the first drug in a death penalty protocol.