Carey v. Musladin

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In Carey v. Musladin, 127 S. Ct. 649 (2006), the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a state court ruling that buttons displaying a murder victim's image worn by the victim's family during respondent's trial did not deny respondent his right to a fair trial.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the court, wrote that the state court's ruling was not contrary to clearly established federal law, and was not an unreasonable application of clearly established federal law. 28 U.S.C. ยง 2254(d)(1).

The Court recognized that certain courtroom practices are so inherently prejudicial that they deprive the defendant of a fair trial. Estelle v. Williams, 425 U.S. 501, 503-506 (1976); Holbrook v. Flynn, 475 U.S. 560, 568 (1986).

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