SCOTUS Will Not Weigh In On N.H. Death Row Case

Jan 19, 2016

Michael Addison
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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to reconsider the case of New Hampshire’s only person on death row, Michael Addison.

In October, Addison’s attorney David Rothstein filed a petition with the nation’s Supreme Court arguing that in allowing and refusing certain pieces of evidence during trial, the New Hampshire Supreme Court violated the eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects citizens from cruel and unusual punishment.

“The denial was disappointing but not wholly unexpected, given how few cases the court reviews,” Rothstein said.  “It is no comment on the merits of the case, which raises numerous issues of federal constitutional law.”

Rothstein says he expects Addison will bring these issues to New Hampshire’s federal court in coming years.