The nation’s highest court on Tuesday summarily granted victories to two Georgia criminal defendants, in both cases saying that the law was so clear that they didn’t need to entertain oral argument or the usual full round of briefs.
The cases were unrelated but both very unusual. In one case, jurors in a Cobb County, Ga., death penalty case are said to have given a chocolate rendering of male genitalia to the trial judge. But the other case, in which a DeKalb County, Ga., drug defendant had complained that the public was excluded from jury selection during his trial, will probably have the most lasting impact on the law.
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