Today at the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on two cases related to criminal prosecutions today. The first, Pottawattamie County v. McGhee
, examines whether prosecutors are subject to a civil trial and potential damages for wrongful conviction and incarceration when the criminal defendant alleges that the prosecutor encouraged a witness to lie during the criminal investigation and then presented that testimony during the criminal trial.
The Court's other argument today, Wood v. Allen
, deals with several questions that have arisen during a capital punishment case. Most of the questions concern the ways that the courts and attorneys handled the defendant's mental impairments, but there's also a Batson jury/evidence question thrown in for good measure.