Court refuses to hear Brooks appeal

AP News
Posted: Nov 15, 2011 12:13 PM
Court refuses to hear Brooks appeal

The Supreme Court has denied last minute appeals from two men scheduled to be executed Tuesday in Ohio and Florida.

The court denied appeals from Reginald Brooks, who is scheduled to be executed for fatally shooting his three sons while they slept. It also rejected appeals from Oba Chandler, scheduled to die for killing an Ohio woman and her two teen daughters.

State and U.S. courts have rejected attorneys' arguments that the 66-year-old Brooks is not mentally competent and that the government withheld relevant evidence that could have affected Brooks' case. Lawyers for the 65-year-old Chandler say his rights were violated at his trial.

Brooks' appeals first went to Justice Elena Kagan and Chandler's to Justice Clarence Thomas. They both referred them to the full court, where they were rejected.