WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a Georgia death row inmate who says lower courts failed to look at lengthy, detailed rulings in his case before turning away a challenge to his sentence.
The justices agreed Monday to take up the appeal from Marion Wilson, who was convicted for his role in killing a state prison guard in 1996.
A state court judge had issued a comprehensive opinion after rejecting Wilson’s challenge to his sentence. The Georgia Supreme Court issued only a short, summary opinion upholding the sentence.
Wilson then sought to overturn his sentence in federal court. The federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled 6-5 that it only had to look at the latest summary denial and did not have to review opinions from lower courts.