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Jones v. United States

Docket No.: 97-9361
Argued: February 22, 1999
Decided: June 21, 1999

Topics:

Amendment 8: Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Criminal Procedure, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Death Penalty, Death Penalty, Due Process, Eighth Amendment, abuse of discretion, criminal procedure, habeas, harmless error, harmless-error, murder

Petitioner: Jones
Respondent: United States

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
Supreme Court Docket


527 U.S. 373 (1999)
Question:

Is a death-sentence-eligible defendant entitled to a jury instruction as to the effect of jury deadlock? Is there a reasonable likelihood that a jury might believe that a death-sentence-eligible defendant would receive a court- imposed sentence less than life imprisonment in the event that they could not reach a unanimous sentence recommendation?

Jones v. United States
ORAL ARGUMENT

February 22, 1999

Decision: Decision: 5 votes for United States, 4 vote(s) against
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