Death row inmates ask for trial over legal help - - Jackson, MS

Death row inmates ask for trial over legal help

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Fifteen death row inmates have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to reinstate their lawsuit that challenges how the state provides legal help for post-conviction claims.

The brief was filed Monday with the court.

The Supreme Court in July declined to stop executions while it considered the appeal.

A Hinds County judge dismissed the case on May 14th.

The original lawsuit included 16 inmates. One of the plaintiffs, Gerald James Holland, was executed May 20th.

None of the remaining 15 inmates has had an execution date set through Monday.

The lawsuit claims the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel is inadequately staffed and its attorneys are not versed in handling death row appeals.

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