The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding later this month whether it wants to get involved in a Georgia death penalty case that involves a murder suspect who says he was in jail for two years without an attorney.
It's the latest test for Georgia's justice system, which has come under scrutiny in recent years. The state's new public defender program has had funding trouble ever since the $3 million Atlanta courthouse shootings trial and the Georgia Supreme Court has been criticized for not reviewing death penalty appeals closely enough.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide after a closed-door conference Sept. 27 whether it wants to intervene in Jaime Ryan Weis' case. He is accused of killing a 73-year-old woman.