The Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals from 2 states objecting to federal
court-ordered delays for death row inmates claiming serious mental health
The justices said Monday they will take up the cases from Arizona and Ohio in
In each case, a death row inmate won an indefinite delay from federal judges
based on disputed claims of mental incompetence to understand the proceedings
against him and aid in his own defense.
Sean Carter was sentenced to death for raping and killing his adoptive
grandmother in 1997. Ernest Valencia Gonzales received a death sentence for a
murder in Arizona in 1990.
The cases are Ryan v. Gonzales, 10-930, and Tibbals v. Carter, 11-218.
(source: Associated Press)