6 Cases GVR’d in light of Trevino v. Thaler

June 3rd, 2013

There are remands to the  5th, 6th, and 8th Circuits. Let’s see how far this one gets extended.

Update: Apparently, some of these GVRs were from noteworthy cases:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent the cases of six Texas death row inmates, including one of the infamous “Texas 7” gang of escapees, back to a lower court for reviews of whether attorneys in earlier stages of appeals let the men down . . . .

Among the condemned prisoners is Donald Newbury, 51, one of seven inmates who broke out of a South Texas prison in 2000. One fugitive killed himself as Colorado authorities closed in on the gang. The remaining six were convicted of killing a suburban Dallas police officer Aubrey Hawkins during a Christmas Eve robbery in Irving in 2000. Two of the six already have been executed.

Another prisoner who won a review Monday was John Balantine, 44. He was convicted of the 1998 slayings of Mark Caylor Jr., his ex-girlfriend’s 17-year-old brother, and two other teenagers – shooting all three while they slept in Amarillo. In 2011, Balantine got within an hour of execution before the high court stopped it.