Shell v. Mississippi - 498 U.S. 1 (1990)
U.S. Supreme Court
Shell v. Mississippi, 498 U.S. 1 (1990)
Shell v. Mississippi
Decided Oct. 29, 1990
498 U.S. 1
ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE SUPREME COURT
The motion of petitioner for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted. To the extent that the Mississippi Supreme Court, 554 So.2d 887, relied on the "especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel" aggravating factor in affirming petitioner's death sentence, its decision is reversed. See Maynard v. Cartwright, 486 U. S. 356 (1988). Although the trial court in this case used a limiting instruction to define the "especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel" factor, that instruction is not constitutionally sufficient. See Godfrey v. Georgia, 446 U. S. 420 (1980); Cartwright v. Maynard, 822 F.2d 1477, 1489-1491 (CA10 1987), aff'd, 486 U. S. 356 (1988). The case is remanded to the Mississippi Supreme Court for further consideration in light of Clemons v. Mississippi, 494 U. S. 738 (1990).
It is so ordered.