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U.S. appellate judge calls Gregory Wilson’s representation a ‘charade’ and his trial a ‘kangaroo court’

"Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr., of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, said multiple=

"Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr., of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, said multiple problems in the case of 53-year-old Gregory L. Wilson led to a defense that was a 'charade,' a 'kangaroo court' and created 'a risk of bias' against Wilson."

From Brett Barrouquere’s “Appeals court says death penalty case shows faulty system” in the Paducah Sun:

Misdeeds and mistakes in a Kentucky death penalty case show the legal system is unreliable for deciding if an inmate should be executed, a federal appeals court judge said Thursday.

Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr., of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, said multiple problems in the case of 53-year-old Gregory L. Wilson led to a defense that was a “charade,” a “kangaroo court” and created “a risk of bias” against Wilson.

“Until we reform this broken system, we cannot rely on it to determine life and death,” wrote Martin, who was confirmed to the bench in 1979.

Read Boyce’s entire dissent in Wilson v. Rees here (pdf).

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