Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Goes Out Of His Way To Denounce Solitary Confinement


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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Goes Out Of His Way To Denounce Solitary Confinement

Posted: 06/18/2015 4:12 pm EDT Updated: 31 minutes ago


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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy strongly condemned the practice of solitary confinement in the nation’s prisons in an opinion Thursday. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed with the majority in a capital punishment case Thursday. But in an unusual move, he dedicated almost all of his concurring opinion to condemning the practice of solitary confinement in the nation’s prisons, even though the issue, of his own admission, had “no direct bearing” on the case.

The case concerned whether the defendant, Hector Ayala, should have been able to argue that prosecutors intentionally excluded black and Hispanic jurors during his 1989 trial for a triple murder during a San Diego drug robbery four years earlier. The trial judge…

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