The US Supreme Court has declined to review a petition from New Hampshire's only death row inmate to review his case



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CONCORD, New Hampshire — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a petition from New Hampshire's only death row inmate to review his case.

Lawyers for Michael Addison, 35, said the trial judge violated his rights by not allowing jurors to hear evidence he was remorseful and concerned about the Manchester police officer he shot in 2006 — Michael Briggs — after he was taken into custody.

In a petition filed last year, they also challenged the judge's conduct in letting jurors hear about privileges a convict sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole might get behind bars, including television and work opportunities.

The court issued its one-sentence decision Jan. 11; it was released Tuesday. The court typically hears only a small fraction of thousands of petitions filed each year.

Addison's public defender, David Rothstein, said Addison eventually will be appointed a new lawyer independent of his office to review the case and explore options. A judge has authorized that change.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld Addison's conviction in 2013 and ruled the death sentence was fair earlier this year, when compared to other cases in which an officer was killed in the line of duty.

His lawyers also said that the amount of victim impact testimony and evidence prosecutors introduced violated Addison's rights. That evidence included numerous photographs of Briggs as a baby and a young child and 20 photographs and a video showing him playing with his own children.

On Oct. 16, 2006, Addison was wanted by police for a string of violent crimes, including several armed robberies and a drive-by shooting.

Briggs was 15 minutes from the end of his shift when he and his partner — both on bicycle patrol — confronted Addison in a dark alley. Jurors found that Addison shot Briggs in the head at close range to avoid arrest.

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