Provides an overview of every aspect of defending a federal capital prosecution including discussions of issues common to many cases as well as a comprehensive list of helpful resources. The entire book can be ordered here.
Suggested Reading and Useful Information
Wilbert Rideau, an award-winning journalist who spent forty-four years in Louisiana prisons, worked against unimaginable odds to redeem himself, exposed a profoundly corrupt penal system, and fought to reform it.
In this Report the American Law Institute, which in 1962 created the framework for the modern death penalty in the Model Penal Code, details its decision to withdraw the death penalty from the MPC "in light of the current intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment."
Provides a list of Circuit and Supreme Court opinions involving at least one point favorable to criminal defendants. The cases are organized by topic.
The purpose of the National Litigation Support Blog is to share information regarding new and existing litigation support technology tailored to the interests of federal public defender staff and court-appointed CJA panel attorneys. Besides facilitating communication among that community and the litigation support staff, the blog will highlight how people are taking advantage of different types of litigation support software programs and services and will make available short, step-by-step guides and videos on how to use common applications.
Russ Stetler, National Mitigation Coordinator for the federal death penalty projects from 2005 until 2020, reflects on the role of mitigation in providing life-saving, humanizing evidence to which every client is entitled under the Sixth Amendment, arming juries with the evidence needed to reach a reasoned moral decision, and create an archive of individual stories to help us and future generations understand acts of murder through the lens of public health and social policy.
Discusses the current state of the death penalty: shifting public opinion; impact of Donald Trump on the federal death penalty and ensuing backlash; state moratoriums, and; significant supreme court developments.