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Two Servicemen Suffering From Brain Trauma, PTSD Win Death-Penalty Relief – Death Penalty Information Center

Two servicemen—one a former airman on the U.S. military death row, another a decorated Vietnam veteran sentenced to death in Pennsylvania—have won relief from their capital convictions or death sentences. On August 1, 2018, the La Crosse…
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Webinar: Report Writing: The Story That Was Never Told – August 28 at 1:00 PM

The seminar makes the case that whenever possible, lawyers must tell a story with pictures in their sentencing presentations. This talk will focus on the art and science of using images in courtroom presentation and pleadings, with a focus on…
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Howell Donaldson III Ruled Competent Stand Trial in Seminole Heights Killings – The Tampa Bay Times

If Howell Emanuel Donaldson III suffers from mental illness, it is not enough to halt the legal proceedings against him. Weeks after the serial murder defendant underwent three separate psychological examinations, a judge deemed him competent…
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Mental Competency Exam Ordered for Man Accused of Mowing Down New Tampa Family – The Tampa Bay Times

  TAMPA — A doctor will determine whether the man accused of running down and killing a New Tampa father is too mentally ill to face trial. A judge Friday appointed a psychiatrist to examine Mikese Morse, after a defense attorney…
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Webinar: Capital Case Organization and Team Communication – July 31 at 12:00 PM

Capital Case Organization and Team Communication July 31, 2018, 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes Webinar Faculty Anna Louise Jeno, Litigation Technology Specialist, Capital Resource Counsel Project About the Webinar This webinar…
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Police, Race, and the Production of Capital Homicides – Columbia Public Law

Last month, Columbia Law School published a new research paper on racial disparities in capital punishment. Abstract Racial disparities in capital punishment have been well documented for decades. Over 50 studies have shown that Black…
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Registration Open: Defender Summer School, August 6-7

Registration is now open for the 2018 Defender Summer School, hosted by Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Speakers Prof. Denis Keyes, Professor of Education, College of Charleston Dr. I. Bruce Frumkin,…
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Justice Sotomayor Criticizes Supreme Court For Failing to Intervene in Texas Death-Row Prisoner’s Case – The Death Penalty Information Center

Over a strong dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor (pictured), the United States Supreme Court on June 4 declined to review the case of Texas condemned prisoner Carlos Trevino, who had argued that his lawyer was ineffective for failing to investigate…
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McCoy v. Louisiana: New Challenges for Defenders, New Risks for the Mentally Ill – The George Washington Law Review

In Florida v. Nixon, Justice Ginsburg wrote for a unanimous Supreme Court that a defense lawyer who conceded his client’s guilt as a strategic tactic was not ineffective because the defendant had remained “unresponsive” to his lawyer’s…