The “Contemplation of Justice” statue in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
My friends at Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, represented by some very capable pro bono attorneys at Gibson Dunn’s Dallas office, just filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court presenting an important issue concerning crime victims’ rights. The amicus brief explains that decades-long delays in capital cases cause significant harms to the family members of murder victims. The brief urges the court to grant the cert petition previously filed by the state of Arizona in a long-delayed capital case to explore whether these interests of the victims’ families should be considered when deciding how jurisdictional deadlines apply in capital cases.
Here is a streamlined summary of the facts, taken from the amicus brief.
On June 8, 1987, Theodore Washington brutally murdered Sterleen Hills. Washington shot Mrs. Hills at close range with a 12 gauge shotgun. He also shot Ralp..