Over in California, lawyer Scott Glovsky creates podcasts of his talks with fellow trial attorneys, those he considers to be the great trial lawyers in the United States today, published on his site as "Trial Lawyer Talk."
Terry Lenamon Interview: "Trial Lawyer Talk"
This month, he spoke with Terence Lenamon. It’s a lawyer to lawyer chat. And it provides fascinating details of how these capital cases are investigated as well as tried.
It’s a death penalty lawyer going into detail about a specific capital case.
The interview covers 36 minutes and can be heard here, as episode 38, where Terry discusses (1) facts of the case as well as (2) his experience in defending Byron Burch, who was accused of killing his elderly aunt in a horrific manner. What about DNA? What about mental illness?
Burch was convicted of the crime, but Terry successfully blocked the state’s desire for capital punishment in the case. Instead, Burch was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
This was a hard-fought victory for Terry, where Florida law at the time allowed a jury to vote 7 to 5 in favor of death for the state to win its desire for capital punishment. Things have changed since then, of course.
Opening Statement in Terry Lenamon’s Online Library
What more details? You can read his opening statement in the Burch case as well as the state’s opening to learn what the jury heard in that case.
Watch the Burch Penalty Hearing
There is also a YouTube video of the actual penalty hearing if you want to watch how these things progress, and see Terry in action. Watch it here: