No. 96-6133.

520 U.S. 899 (1997)

117 S.Ct. 1793

138 L.Ed.2d 97


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 9, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Gilbert H. Levy, by appointment of the Court, 519 U.S. 1106, argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Martin S. Carlson.

Barbara A. Preiner, Solicitor General of Illinois, argued the cause for respondent. With her on the brief were James E. Ryan, Attorney General, and Arleen C. Anderson and Steven J. Zick, Assistant Attorneys General.*

Rehnquist, C. J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Chief Justice Rehnquist delivered the opinion of the Court.

Petitioner William Bracy was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death before then-Judge Thomas J. Maloney for his role in an execution-style triple murder.1 Maloney was later convicted of taking bribes from defendants in criminal cases. Although he was not bribed in this case, he "fixed" other murder cases during and around the time of...

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