Indigent Defense in Capital Cases

Cory Maples sits on Death Row over in Alabama, after having obvious and serious errors made by both his trial and appellate counsel which included some pretty big names in the legal industry.

And by "obvious and serious," we really mean blatant, ludicrous, and shameful treatment of an indigent defendant by, among others, one of

Over in Lee County, Robert Dunn has been arrested for the crime of shooting and killing his wife,  Christine Lozier-Dunn, inside of a Cape Coral, Florida, daycare center, Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care, on January 25, 2008. He’s facing trial for first-degree murder, first-degree armed burglary, and child abuse, and since Mr. Dunn couldn’t afford an attorney he’s been appointed

Yesterday, without comment, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition filed by Georgia Death Row inmate Jamie Ryan Weis

This is shocking. 

This is very bad news.  We’ve written about the Weis case before, including links to the amicus brief filed by a stellar list of Georgia legal scholars, fighting for

New York Times columnist Adam Liptak once again does us all a great service by bringing the national media spotlight to bear upon the crisis facing Cory R. Maples, who sets today on Alabama’s Death Row. 

Sullivan & Cromwell Missed the Deadline to Appeal

Maples’ case currently awaits the determination of the United States Supreme

California attorney Brad Levenson, a federal public defender, was revealed this week to be the new head of a brand new agency over in Texas: the Office of Capital Writs.  Levenson starts work on September 1st.

Texas’ Office of Capital Writs is an Attempt to Solve the Indigent Defense Crisis – In Part

In

Georgia Defendant Jamie R. Weis is getting lots of media attention today, as an article written by Adam Liptak in yesterday’s New York Time’s Sidebar column is being republished and discussed all over the country. 

What NYT’s Liptak has done is place a spotlight upon a case that has been pending before the U.S. Supreme

Before I begin to get queries on the recent departure of Andrea Lyons from the Casey Anthony Defense Team (since both Ms. Lyon and I served as death penalty qualified counsel for Casey Anthony at one point), I ask that anyone interested read the quote that I gave to Anthony Colarossi of the Orlando Sentinel:

There’s a new judge in the Casey Anthony case — Judge Belvin Perry — and he looks to be running a tight ship.  Despite defense counsel requests that hearings on defense costs be private, Judge Perry has ordered that an upcoming hearing on how Casey Anthony’s defense will be funded is to be a public