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Editor's Note :
In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.
Woodward v. Alabama
Petition for certiorari denied on November 18, 2013
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.