Sometimes You Need To Stop and Survey the Territory When You're a Criminal Defense Attorney Representing People Facing Death

I try to avoid personal posting here, because my intent is to provide legal information that deals with capital punishment in this country today, for the use of both laymen and lawyers. In fact, soon I will be adding precedent and statutes and all sorts of reference links. Make things available that I think are helpful, informative, and best of all - free and accessible online 24/7.

But we've just moved into new offices, and I've got a nice view, the kind that only Miami can provide, and there's still the smell of new carpeting. I set at my solid, wooden desk -- the one that started with me when I first started practicing law and like me, it's a little banged up with the passage of time. (My wife wants me to get a new one. I like this old, trusty desk with not enough drawers.)

And as I look out over the expanse outside these windows, I think about where I sit and where I live - in Florida, in the United States, and I'm humbled. I am humbled by the beauty of the horizon; I am humbled by the enormity of our country and all that we stand for; and I'm humbled that I've been allowed to advocate not just for the accused, but for those who are facing a sentence of death if convicted of the crimes for which they have been charged. Can there be any greater duty for an attorney of law?

I'm honored to serve as the advocate for these defendants, and I'm especially dedicated to serving them since they are unknown and indigent (the legal term for poor), facing a justice system all too ready to kill them in name of punishment. To that end, today I want to publish their names here on this blog.

These are the criminal defendants facing a sentence of death for whom I have the honor of defending in a Florida court of law:

Jeremy Sly
077000553F

Kemar Johnston
06CF19906B

Grady Nelson
F-05-000846

Ariel Hernandez
F-04-019972

Demetrius Cooper
F-04-015209

Vivens Delorme
07-20534-CR-UNGARO

Emmanuel Jean
F06-023563-A

Thomas Pennington
F-07-025418

Frantzy Jean Marie
F-07-31111D

Walter Sapp
F-91-000880.

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Tracey - May 12, 2009 7:33 AM

What is the point of this list, seriously? These are serious serious criminals on trial for I am assuming horrible crimes. This isn't an honor roll listing. With all due respect, that's weird and creepy

toni - October 29, 2009 8:06 PM

please tell Mr. Grady L. Nelson greetings from Dallas, Texas... and, continued blessings to him... as always, he's in my prayers...

many blessings to you and yours, as well, Mr. Lenamon... thank you for passing it forward!


... It is not what you are called, but what you answer to.
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admin - November 4, 2009 6:49 PM

Toni,
Thanks for writing. Grady was touched and happy to learn of your message and in return, sends this reply:

"Thanks for remembering me, and please continue to keep me in your prayers."

TL

Ricky Johnson - April 10, 2010 8:59 AM

Hey I grew up with demetrius cooper and he was a good guy ..He was a force in optimst football for years.I always thought he would go on to play professional..I havent seen demetrious since i saw him iding the metro bus back in 2000...Its a coincidence that I my cousin's boyfriend brother was the one murdered by meme aka demetrious cooper..Or should i say the guy meme is accused of killing...

Ricky Johnson - April 10, 2010 8:59 AM

Hey I grew up with demetrius cooper and he was a good guy ..He was a force in optimst football for years.I always thought he would go on to play professional..I havent seen demetrious since i saw him iding the metro bus back in 2000...Its a coincidence that I my cousin's boyfriend brother was the one murdered by meme aka demetrious cooper..Or should i say the guy meme is accused of killing...

brener - October 20, 2010 6:53 PM

Hey Terry: I was looking at your past cases and you really have quite a record of accomplishment. It was good to see you at Life Over Death in Naples. I'd like to have my criminal law blog linked to yours, if possible. There's some useful stuff on capital representation which I've written, although most of it is scholarly, and recently some announcements. Call me when you can - I want to talk to you about some other things, as well.
David

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