Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Court Denies Appeal For Death Row Inmate

An Arizona death row inmate has lost an appeal that argued that he did not have effective legal representation during his sentencing in a Maricopa County murder case in which a man was set on fire. The Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that the lawyer representing Eldon Schurz did present the trial court with evidence that might support sentencing leniency, so Schurz cannot show his rights were violated. Schurz was sentenced to death in 1989 for setting Jonathan Bahe on fire with gasoline after the other man objected to Schurz stealing beer from a group of people.

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