Questions Surround Impartial Jurors in Two Death Penalty Cases, With Different Outcomes

After the Tennessee Supreme Court denied Leroy Hall Jr. a delay in execution to investigate a potentially biased juror, the Nashville Scene highlights a similar case where a death row inmate’s death sentence was vacated for a similar reason. Hubert Glenn Sexton was sentenced to die for killing Stanley and Terry Sue Goodman in 2001; however, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals just last week set aside his sentence because of improper striking of jurors, among other reasons. As in Hall’s case, jurors failed to disclose they had been victims of domestic abuse drawing questions of impartiality. Hall Jr. is scheduled for execution tonight.

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