Great news for those supporting the cause of death row inmate, Henry W. “Hank” Skinner and the tireless efforts of the Medill Innocence Project to allow DNA testing that may potentially clear his name. From today’s Order List of the Supreme Court of the United States website:
“09-9000 SKINNER, HENRY W. V. SWITZER, LYNN
The motion of petitioner for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted.”
Title: Skinner v. Switzer
Issue: Whether a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing may assert that claim in a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, or whether such a claim may be asserted only in a petition for writ of habeas corpus.
Opinion below (5th Circuit)
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Hank Skinner is represented by Robert C. Owen of Owen Rountree LLP/University of Texas at Austin and Douglas G. Robinson and Maria Cruz Melendez of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates.
H/T: Carol Leonard via Twitter: @PrisonReformMvt