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Supreme Court reverses death sentence for Texas man

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday reversed the death sentence of a Texas man because jurors were not instructed to consider mitigating evidence when deliberating on the sentence. LaRoyce Lathair Smith was convicted of murdering a former co-worker during an attempted robbery at a Dallas Taco Bell. Read the court's per curiam opinion [PDF]. AP has more.

Also Monday, the Court did not grant any new petitions for certiorari. Among the cases the court declined to hear was an appeal of a US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Kmart had no authority to pay more than $300 million to supplies after the store filed for bankruptcy. AP has more. Read the Court's full Order List [PDF].

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