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S ometimes, death penalty cases are just too boring. Sometimes they drag on. Sometimes you need to rest your eyes, just for a second . . . .

Joe Cannon did just that, and years later his behavior was given what many see as tacit disapproval by the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided Monday to let stand a lower court’s decision to give Cannon’s client, death row inmate Calvin Burdine, a new trial.

In other words, the court let sleeping dogs lie.

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