Supreme Court agrees to take up DC sniper case

DC sniper 10 years on 'I was a monster'

US Supreme Court to consider whether Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo deserves new sentencing

She urged the Senate to move quickly to enforce new ethics rules on the court. Malvo admitted to shooting three people and serving as a "spotter" in other shootings.

"There is no evidence in the record to suggest that petitioner was aware of the existence of this right, much less that he meant to relinquish or abandon it" when it came to agreeing to a sentence of life without parole, the 4th Circuit panel ruled.

Once considered a proposal popular only among the political fringes, Trump's back-to-back appointments of Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh revived "court packing" as a mainstream issue in response to Democrats' fears that conservatives could gain a majority on the court for decades to come.

Instead, if his crimes "reflect the transient immaturity of youth", the court said he's entitled to a sentence short of life without parole.

As is typical, the justices did not make any comment in agreeing to hear the case. That sentence was upheld in 2017 and is pending at the state Supreme Court.

Malvo and John Allen Muhammad pulled the trigger from a 1990 Chevy Caprice in Washington, D.C., and its suburbs, in Maryland and Virginia.

An FBI analyst was killed as she stood in the parking lot of a Home Depot.

During their killing spree that lasted from September 5 to October 22, 2002, they shot victims at various locations from a rolling sniper's nest they created by cutting a hole in the trunk near the license plate of a 1990 Chevy Caprice. Among those injured was a teenager wounded after being shot outside his school.

The ruling that federal immigration authorities can detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime after they have been released from prison on criminal charges represents a victory for President Donald Trump. A state court judge said that the sentencing judge had specifically taken into account Malvo's age and other mitigating factors - Malvo was brought illegally into the country by Muhammad, who was 25 years his senior and masterminded the attacks - in deciding he deserved life imprisonment. The Supreme Court held long ago that the Constitution's Sixth Amendment requires a unanimous jury verdict to convict someone of committing a federal crime.

As is often the case, the justices were debating what lower courts have found to be ambiguous wording in a federal statute. But unlike with most rights guaranteed by the first 10 amendments, states have not been compelled to follow suit and require unanimous juries in all state cases. The inmate has been sentenced to death for killing his estranged wife, their two daughters and the wife's grandmother, but the jury was not allowed to consider evidence that he was criminally insane at the time of the killings.

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