Short list for AG has five names according to this AP story by Lara Jakes Jordan. A "a senior Bush administration official" is the source. No announcement likely until President Bush returns from Down Under.
The new AEDPA Regulations are the subject of an editorial in today's Christian Science Monitor. They make the by-now familiar arguments. They claim the Attorney General is biased, ignoring the self-interest of the habeas court under the prior law and also ignoring the de novo review by the D.C. Circuit. To find out what is causing delay, they called an anti-death-penalty partisan, the DPIC, and took their word for it. Finally, the editorial concludes, "The remedy is for states to provide the resources for competent defense," ignoring the reality that the states that have provided the greatest resources to the defense have the worst delays.
Manuel Noriega's extradition to France has been approved by a federal judge according to this AP story by Curt Anderson.
The 73-year-old former dictator will compete his federal prison sentence for drug trafficking next month . The French Government wants to prosecute him for money laundering.
DNA evidence has convinced a San Francisco jury to convict habitual criminal John Davis of the 1985 rape and murder of 28-year-old woman as reported by Jaxon Von Derbeken of the Chronicle. Davis was already in prison 2002, when he was identified by DNA he left at the murder scene. The victim, commercial photographer Barbara Martz, had returned from the market when she surprised Davis, who was burglarizing her home. She was raped and stabbed several times before her throat was slashed. He will receive a life sentence for the crime because San Francisco DA Kamala Harris is opposed to the death penalty.
Term Summary: Rory Little of UC Hastings has a summary of last term's criminal and related cases at SCOTUSblog.