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Supreme Court affirms death sentence of defendant who unsuccessfully tried to fire his lawyer and represent himself

The Supreme Court today affirmed the death penalty in People v. Wright for a 2000 murder during a burglary and robbery in Pomona. As is normal in direct and automatic death penalty appeals where the court cannot narrow the issues, there are a number of other arguments addressed, none of which prevail, including evidentiary, instructional, and prosecutorial misconduct claims.