WASHINGTON — Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on Wednesday called for stricter regulation by the nation's courts of last-gasp appeals filed by Death Row inmates.
Rehnquist said he intends to ask a group of judges to study "the possibility of imposing some reasonable regulations in a situation which is disjointed and chaotic."
In a speech prepared for delivery to the National Conference of Chief Justices, meeting in Williamsburg, Va., Rehnquist decried "the sort of chaotic conditions that often develop within a day or two before an execution is scheduled."
Too Little Time
"The practical result of this is that judges of both state and federal courts are called upon to make important constitutional decisions, often without as much time as would be ideal for making them," Rehnquist said.