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Airport Mass Shooter Esteban Santiago ‘Wasn’t really thinking About it’ When He Killed Five – The Orlando Sentinel

Federal prosecutors and public defenders for veteran Esteban Santiago have agreed to a plea deal in which Santiago would receive five life sentences plus 120 years. Read more.     Image courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff's…
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NCADP Webinar: Last Day of Freedom

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP)'s May webinar featured Last Day of Freedom, a short documentary about an African-American veteran who was executed despite serious mental health issues. Watch the webinar.  
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2018 Making the Case for Life Seminar

Registration for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Making the Case for Life Seminar has opened. Make the case...for your client's life at NACDL's 20th Annual Making the Case for Life Seminar. Race and discrimination continue…
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Supreme Court to Review Questions About Competency to Be Executed – Equal Justice Initiative

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to review the case of Vernon Madison, on whether he is competent to be executed due to his lack of rational understanding of the crime for which he was convicted. Read more.
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Will Virginia Execute a Man Whose Crimes Were Driven by Delusions? – The Intercept

On July 6th, Virginia is set to execute William Morva, who is convicted of killing a security guard and a police officers. His advocates, however, are asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to grant clemency to Morva in light of his severe mental…
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July 24-25 Training Seminar: Nitty Gritty Mitigation Sentencing Strategies

    There will be a two-day capital/JLWOP seminar on July 24th and July 25 at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801, for the low cost of $75.00! The seminar is for lawyers…
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Developing and Leading Effective Mitigation Teams in Capital and Serious Criminal Cases

On May 26th, the National Association for Public Defense is hosting "Developing and Leading Effective Mitigation Teams in Capital and Serious Criminal Cases." The webinar will feature speakers James J. Clark, LCSW and dean of the Florida State…
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Amicus: The Myth of the Neutral Expert – Slate

In this episode of Slate's Amicus,  Stephen Bright of the Southern Center for Human Rights discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision in McWilliams v. Dunn regarding whether an indigent defendant whose mental health was a significant…
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What Kind of Help Does the Constitution Require for Defendants in Capital Cases? – SCOTUS Blog

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will revisit  Ake v. Oklahoma, in which the Court held that a psychiatrist must be appointed to an indigent defendant who demonstrates that his or her mental health is likely to play a significant role at…
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Does the Death Penalty Target People who are Mentally Ill? – The Washington Post

This week, The Washington Post published Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner and Betsy Neill's analysis on the use of the capital punishment on people with mental illness.  While the majority of Americas oppose the execution of people with mental illness,…