High Court Ruling Seen Boosting Death-Row Appeals

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes it easier for death-row inmates in the 5th Circuit — covering Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana — to have a lower court hear appeals of their convictions. The ruling comes in the case of Thomas Miller-El, a black man in Texas who claims prosecutors systematically eliminated blacks from the jury that sentenced him to death for murder. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports. (Please note the following correction to this story: In an early feed of ' All Things Considered', NPR's Nina Totenberg referred to the the 11th Circuit court of Appeals. In fact, all references to the 11th Circuit should have been to the 5th Circuit.)

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