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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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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…
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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…