The New Hampshire Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the case of the only man on death row in the state - Michael Addison, who was convicted in 2008 of capital murder for shooting and killing Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs.
To explain the ruling we turn to Buzz Scherr, law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He speaks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.
In a highly-watched decision yesterday, the justices upheld Addison’s conviction of “capital murder” for killing a police officer. But the court said at a later date would it rule on Addison’s death sentence itself. We’ll look at this decision and its possible ramifications.
John Greabe – professor at UNH School of Law, specializing in constitutional law
New Hampshire's only death row inmate, Michael Addison, got a very long day in court Wednesday.
New Hampshire's highest court held what may be an unprecedented hearing - more than five hours - to review Addison's trial and his death sentence for the 2006 shooting of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.
NHPR's Josh Rogers was at the hearing and he tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the day's events.
On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Michael Addison. Four years ago, a jury found Addison guilty of first degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs. The jury then sentenced Addison to death.
Addison’s lawyers have appealed to the state Supreme Court, and the court will hear a full day of arguments beginning at nine this morning.