The Supreme Court this morning failed to grant cert in any pending capital matter. The Court did, however, GVR a Sixth Circuit capital case, Hudson V. Frank Spisak in light of in light of Carey v. Musladin and Schriro v. Landrigan; three justices would have granted cert.
Notable is the denial of cert in Chester v. Texas which would have provided greater guidance to the lower courts on what standards to apply for Atkins claims. Also, the Court took no action in either of he two Nevada cases (Donte Johnson v. Nevada & Marlo Thomas v. Nevada) that raised issues concerning the Confrontation Clause in the penalty phase or the four mystery cases from Idaho (Randy Lynn McKinney v. Idaho, Paul Ezra Rhoades v. Idaho, Gerald Ross Pizzuto, Jr. v. Idaho, and David Leslie Card v. Idaho). The Court also took no action on expediting Taylor v. Crawford, a lethal injection challenge from the Eighth Circuit.