The October 2017 term has begun. On Monday, the Supreme Court released additional orders from the September 25 conference. The court called for the views of the solicitor general in three cases: Sudan v. Harrison , Virginia Uranium v. Warren and Washington Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc . The court heard oral argument on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The calendar for the October sitting is available on the court's website . On Friday the justices will meet for their October 6 conference; our list of "petitions to watch" for that conference will be available soon.
It was later discovered that Wuornos’s lawyer, Steven Glazer, who lacked prior criminal law experience, took her case for self-promotion, as he knew how much media coverage the case was receiving. Assistant Public Defender Tricia Jenkins said, “[Glazer] told me he was only taking on the case because he needed the media exposure.” Glazer requested $25,000 in return for speaking to documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield and discussing Wuornos’ case with him. Wuornos had no money to pay him, so his compensation came from interviews. He failed to investigate the officers who were making money from their movie deal, and advised Wuornos to plead guilty to all of the charges because of his limited legal experience and the lack of resources at his disposal. Although there was little debate about Wuornos’ guilt, media coverage likely played a role in her receiving the death penalty for her crimes.