TITLE

THE PRIVATE BAR'S EFFORTS TO SECURE PROPER REPRESENTATION FOR THOSE FACING EXECUTION

AUTHOR(S)
Tabak, Ronald J.
PUB. DATE
November 2008
SOURCE
Justice System Journal;2008, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p356
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The organized bar, most notably the American Bar Association, has attempted since the mid-1980s to ensure proper representation for people who may be executed. While these efforts initially focused on finding counsel for state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus proceedings, more recently efforts have also been undertaken to ensure effective representation in trial and appellate courts. The ABA has also sought to secure proper training and mentoring for the lawyers it recruits. Initial success in helping persuade Congress to fund post-conviction death penalty resource centers was followed by a major setback when Congress defunded the centers. The ABA has endeavored to find alternative funding sources. Meanwhile, since the mid-1980s, a series of technicalities created by the Supreme Court and Congress have made it far more difficult to secure federal habeas corpus remedies. The ABA has responded by trying to ensure that effective counsel are involved as early as possible and by bringing egregious examples of ineffectiveness to the Court's attention.
ACCESSION #
35064635

 

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