Fourth Circuit Affirms Death Sentence in U.S. v. Lighty - August 11, 2010
Posted on: 8/11/2010 04:50:41 PM by Lominack

On August 11, 2010, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the convictions and death sentence of Kenneth Lighty. While the Court generally found that the "actions of the Assistant United States Attorneys handling [the trial] unnecessarily introduced error into it, such error is not reversible." The errors – albeit harmless – which the Court found included: (1) erroneous admission of unrelated murder in the guilt-or-innocence phase of the trial; (2) the prosecution argument that the victim's family wanted the death penalty. Click here for the full opinion.