Wednesday, November 06, Charles Rhines, 63, was put to death by lethal injection soon after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by his lawyers claiming that his trial was tainted. Rhines was sentenced to death in for killing an employee in a shop he was robbing in the rural state. Last year, Rhines' defence team appealed to the Supreme Court to take up the case and expand on a ruling that allowed it to examine secret jury deliberations in cases where there were strong grounds to suspect racial prejudice. The South Dakota attorney general's office, however, said that the jury decided to impose the death penalty after hearing a recording of Rhines' confession, and not because of his sexual orientation.
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Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The Supreme Court refused, on three separate occasions, to order a court to evaluate new evidence of anti-gay bias in the jury room. Last week, civil rights groups, including the ACLU and Lambda Legal, urged the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to accept the case of Charles Rhines, a gay man in South Dakota whose sexual orientation may have played a role in his death sentence in In a related appeal, the Eighth Circuit denied relief on many of Mr. Rhines will be allowed to present evidence of anti-gay bias, as the groups had asked in their friend-of-the-court brief.
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in South Dakota , and same-sex marriages have been recognized since June as a result of Obergefell v. State statutes do not address discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity ; however, the U. Supreme Court's ruling in Bostock v.
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