5th Circ. Judicial Misconduct Complaint Can't Stop Execution

Law360, Dallas (June 12, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT) -- A day after the Fifth Circuit’s chief judge moved a last-minute death penalty appeal away from a panel including Judge Edith Jones following a judicial misconduct complaint, the reassigned panel on Wednesday said it found no injustice in the court’s earlier rulings in the case.

The reassigned panel refused to recall a court’s earlier mandate and denied inmate Elroy Chester’s motion for an emergency stay of his execution, saying it “perceived no injustice, nor any incorrectness” in the earlier panel’s decision to affirm a trial judge’s...
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