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2020 Death is Different Seminar XXVI

February 20-21, 2020 All FACDL seminars, apart from the annual Criminal Law Certification Review seminar, are intended to: promote the excellence of, disseminate knowledge to, and provide education to, the criminal defense community.  In…
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Judge Won’t Set Aside Jury’s Death Penalty Vote for Man Who Killed 2 Kissimmee Cops

A judge refused to set aside a jury’s recommendation that Everett Glenn Miller be executed for killing two Kissimmee police officers, after his attorneys argued Friday jurors were given a “defective” verdict form and instructions…
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PD9 and GCD Host Capital Defense Conference in Orlando: Telling the Client's Story

The Georgia Capital Defenders had scheduled a great October CLE program in Savannah captioned “Telling the Client’s Story,” but had complications which prevented them from going forward. We contacted GCD and offered to put on their program…
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Registration Open: Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference in Seattle, Washington - September 10-13

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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FREE Webinar: Teams in Capital Cases, or Wouldn't It Just Be Easier If I Did It Myself? - June 19 at 12:00 PM

The focus of this webinar is on teams in capital cases, the evolution of the use of teams, how teams meet the ABA Standards, and how all teams, including noncapital teams, have similar problems Read more and register.
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Registration Open: Clarence Darrow/David Baldus Death Penalty College

The Clarence Darrow/David Baldus Death Penalty College is an annual training program for capital defense attorneys, mitigation specialists, and capital investigators held in downtown Iowa City at the University of Iowa College of Law, located…
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Death is Different XXV

Seminar Agenda  Thursday, February 21, 2019  7:30-8:30    Continental Breakfast provided 8:30- 8:45   Opening Remarks- Tania Alavi 8:45-10:15  DNA for Dummies- Deborah A. Goins 10:15-10:30 Networking Break 10:30-11:30…
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A Dangerous Brain: Can Neuroscience Predict How Likely Someone is to Commit Another Crime? - The Marshall Project

In 1978, Thomas Barefoot was convicted of killing a police officer in Texas. During the sentencing phase of his trial, the prosecution called two psychiatrists to testify about Barefoot’s “future dangerousness,” a capital-sentencing requirement…
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State Will Not Seek Death Penalty Against John Jonchuck, Accused of Throwing Daughter Off Bridge - ABC Action News

Due to John Jonchuck's history of mental health problems, the Office of the State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit has decided not to seek death in the 2015 homicide of Jonchuck's daughter. Read more.
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Nikolas Cruz’s Birth Mom Had a Violent, Criminal Past. Could It Help Keep Him Off Death Row? - The Miami Herald

Nikolas Cruz had two mothers: his birth mom, who gave him life, an almond-shaped head and auburn hair — and his adoptive mom, who gave him all the advantages of an upscale, suburban upbringing. His birth mother, Brenda Woodard, was sometimes…