Legal Issues - Death Penalty

Pennsylvania-based death penalty defense lawyer Marc Bookman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, a nonprofit organization providing capital case defense for those facing a possible death penalty sentence and state execution. Before that he advocated for defendants as part of the Defender Association of Philadelphia’s Homicide Unit

Several different issues must be considered insofar as capital punishment in our country.  The Death Penalty today is a multi-faced concern where considerations must be given to the following:

1.  The Cost of Capital Punishment

For those focused upon finances and taxpayer dollars, the reality is that sentencing someone to death, rather that LWOP (life

Recommended Video:  a February 2016 TED Talk given by Nick McKeown, a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. As a college student in the United Kingdom, McKeown ran the UK student chapter of Amnesty International, and since 1999, Nick has fought to end the death penalty in the United States.


The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of death penalty reinstatement defense arguments in the capital case of Michael James Jackson, a case on Terence Lenamon’s trial docket back in April 2019.  For details, read “Hurst: Terence Lenamon Defending Michael Jackson in Jacksonville Beginning June 10, 2019.”

Florida attorney Maria Deliberato was

On October 29, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lawrence v. State, No. SC18-2061 (Fla. Oct. 29, 2020).  It is another controversial decision from the state’s highest court, and there has been swift reaction against it.

  • Read, for instance, the South Florida Sun Sentinel editorial board’s response in “A day of

This past week, Markeith Loyd’s defense attorney Terence Lenamon presented the defense’s Motion to Dismiss with oral arguments being heard in the courtroom of the Honorable Leticia Marques, who is presiding over the murder trial where Mr. Loyd stands accused of the capital crime homicide involving the death of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton.


The following motions have been filed by Terence Lenamon in the death penalty trial of Markeith Loyd and shared in his online library (full text). Click on the links to read the these motions, all dealing with the circumstances surrounding the apprehension of Markeith Loyd in January 2017 and the injuries he sustained as a