Thursday, June 12, 2003

Fourth Circuit denies habeas relief to death row inmate who claimed sequestered jurors partied with law enforcement officials during trial

In Bell v. Ozmint, the Fourth Circuit in an opinion by Judge Motz joined by Chief Judge Wilkins and Judge Wilkinson denied post-conviction relief to a man sentenced to death for murder in South Carolina, rejected his various claims, including the claim that the sequestered jurors partied with the law enforcement officers who were guarding them.

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