Comedy Central Roast to Play Key Rolle in Supreme Court Death Sentence Hearing

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A death-row petition is being reviewed by the Supreme Court and Jeff Ross, comedian, has been placed in the middle of it. Gabriel Paul Hall’s lawyer, who was sentenced in 2015 to death for murdering a disabled professor and his spouse, has asked for the Supreme Court to overturn his sentence. Deadline reported. It is alleged that when Hall was awaiting trial, a Comedy Central roast performed by Ross and featuring him was filmed; according to the petition, the prosecutors later used the video footage to prejudice the jury against him, which led to his death sentence. McKenzie Edwards, an attorney representing Hall, In a Dec. 28 Tweet, “A Texas jail volunteered to let Comedy Central comedian Jeff Ross roast its inmates. It encouraged inmates to participate. Texas then used the footage to sentence my client, Gabriel Hall, to death. We’re asking SCOTUS to review the constitutionality of Mr. Hall’s sentence.”Ross, an infidel comic, was holding Hall at the Brazos county Detention Center. “roastmaster general,”The special Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live from Brazos County Jail was taped in 2015. According to the petition Hall’s attorneys weren’t informed that the nine-person camera crew was allowed to interview him. They requested permission from the sheriff’s deputy before Hall could speak with anyone.

Ross made “numerous vulgar provocations by Ross and damaging responses from Petitioner (Hall),”According to the petition. The petition states that although Hall’s segments were not included on the final cut of the comedy program, they were used in evidence against him during sentencing. McKenzie, Raoul D. Schonemann and Robert C. Owen, co-counsels, ask the Supreme Court for review of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision that Hall’s Sixth Amendment right of an impartial jury was not violated. The petition states that: “The State gave a third-party civilian otherwise unobtainable physical access to Petitioner and then used the statements that civilian elicited from Petitioner as evidence against petitioner at the penalty phase of his capital murder trial.” Hall confessed to the murders committed when he was an 18-year-old student at Texas A&M Consolidated High School. Unaired footage of Ross and Hall laughing about hurting a fly was found in the special. Ross asked Hall about hurting other people. Hall answered, “Eh, they’re annoying. We’ll leave ’em to their own devices, so,” Law and Crime reported.

Hall’s lawyers stated that he “jokily tried to play along”Here is footage from the comedy special. He made a pun. “hacking”When describing his crime. According to DeadlineThey claimed that the footage was shown. “a professional comic consciously working to provoke a response from an unwary subject — aggressively pushing [Hall] to make ‘outrageous’ statements to which Ross offered ‘wild’ or scandalous rejoinders — to maximize the video’s commercial value as entertainment.”Hall’s lawyers claimed that he didn’t violate the Constitution. “no contact”According to the state, he signed a release form and agreed to speak with Ross voluntarily. The Supreme Court justices will examine the petition for a certificate of merit during their meeting on Jan. 6. If at least four out of nine consider the case worthy consideration, it will be added in their docket for a hearing. Comedy Central and Ross did not comment on the case.

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