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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

ABA Seeks Volunteer Counsel From Big Firms for Death Row Inmates

Deathrow_2Robin Maher, leader of the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project, travels across the country seeking recruits, mainly from prestigioius civil firms specializing in antitrust and securities litigation who represent major corporations and society's elite.  By telling these lawyers the stories of unrepresented death row inmates, she hopes to convince them to represent one of them for little pay, even though it's a commitment that could take years of effort.  Since the late 1990s, the ABA project has found lawyers for more than 100 such inmates, but despite this success Maher admits that the project "is not a good answer to the problem" of death row inmates' constitutional rights and life-or-death fate being jeopardized by inept counsel.  But for now, she says the ABA project "is the only answer."  More... [Mark Godsey]

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