Criminal Law

Sleeping lawyer doesn’t justify overturning capital conviction

A federal judge in Texas has rejected a habeas petition filed on behalf of a death-row inmate whose primary lawyer snoozed throughout the trial. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled against inmate George McFarland, who was convicted in 1992 for killing and robbing a grocer carrying a bag with $27,000 to cash customers’ payroll checks. The Houston Chronicle has coverage of the April 2 decision. No one disputes that the lawyer’s sleeping “was pronounced, obvious and frequent,” Hughes wrote.

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