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DE Court Hears Appeal Of Death Row Inmate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is mulling the latest appeal by a death row inmate twice convicted of the 2005 rape and killing of a University of Delaware student.
    
The court heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal seeking to overturn the 2012 conviction and death sentence of James Cooke Jr.
    
Among the appeals arguments is one involving a woman who did not answer a questionnaire truthfully before being seated on the jury in his retrial. The other involves Cooke being denied the right to represent himself after frequent courtroom outbursts.
    
The Supreme Court in 2009 overturned Cooke's initial conviction for the murder of Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains, New York, because his public defenders, without Cooke's consent and despite his repeated claims of innocence, argued he was guilty but mentally ill.

 

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