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Penry v. Johnson

Docket No.: 00-6677
Certiorari Granted: Nov 27 2000
Argued: March 27, 2001
Decided: June 4, 2001

Topics:

Self-Incrimination, Criminal Procedure, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Death Penalty, Death Penalty, EPA, Eighth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, capital murder, copyright, habeas, habeas corpus, harmless error, murder, self-incrimination, willful violation

PartyNames: Johnny Paul Penry v. Gary L. Johnson, Director, Texas Department of Criminal
Petitioner: Johnny Paul Penry
Respondent: Gary L. Johnson, Director, Texas Department of Criminal

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Supreme Court Docket

Johnny Paul Penry
v.
Gary L. Johnson, Director, Texas Department of Criminal
532 U.S. 782 (2001)
Question:

Was a Texas trial court's supplemental instruction on mitigating evidence of mental retardation under the state's "special circumstances" for sentencing in capital murder cases to a jury constitutionally adequate? Does the admission into evidence of statements from a psychiatric report based on an uncounseled interview with the defendant violate the Fifth Amendment's privilege against self-incrimination?

Penry v. Johnson
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 27, 2001

Holding: affirmed in part
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for Penry, 3 vote(s) against
Opinion By:
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