Published on: Monday, March 19, 2018

Today the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari review in Campbell v. Ohio, No. 17-6232.  Justice Sotomayor wrote a 4-page statement respecting the denial of certiorari, which framed the issue as follows:

Petitioner Glen Campbell challenges the constitutionality of Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §2953.08(D)(3) (West Supp. 2017), which provides that sentences “imposed for aggravated murder or murder” are “not subject to review.” I concur in the denial of certiorari because Campbell failed adequately to present his constitutional arguments to the state courts. I nonetheless write separately because a statute that shields from judicial scrutiny sentences of life without the possibility of parole raises serious constitutional concerns.