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Tue Dec 10, 2019, 11:02 AM

Wow, for 13 years, the Fifth Circuit had a secret policy to deny all appeals by pro se inmates....

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Wow, for 13 years, the Fifth Circuit had a secret policy to deny all appeals by pro se inmates, and only an ex-employee's suicide from the guilt brought it to light.

Chipper Monday history lesson from Sotomayor in this morning's SCOTUS orders.



Add the fact that Louisiana has the highest rate of sentencing to life without parole (LWOP), so more people will die behind bars than Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee combined.

@lea_skene for @theadvocatebr:



If you're interested in Sotomayor's full 2-page statement, it's on pages 14-15 of this morning's orders:

https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/120919zor_ihdj.pdf

She points out the "serious due process concerns" even in Louisiana's remedy of having the same judges re-review the appeals.



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