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Friday, January 21, 2005

No Legal Help For Georgia's Death Row Inmates

From the LA Times:  "Seven inmates on Georgia's death row may be forced to represent themselves at hearings because the state is not required to provide appellate lawyers and a prisoners' advocacy group says it cannot help. Georgia is the only state that does not provide prisoners with lawyers after their initial appeals.  The state funds a resource center to help inmates in the second phase of their appeals. But its executive director, Tom Dunn, said his four-person staff was too overloaded to take the seven cases. One of the inmates, Gregory Lawler, has a hearing scheduled in a month. 'He's frightened,' Dunn said. 'They're all frightened. They want a lawyer.' Many states provide little funding for representation during phase two, the state habeas corpus petition, in which an inmate can raise legal issues from his or her trial such as prosecutorial misconduct or suppression of exculpatory material. But Georgia stands out when it comes to not providing legal representation, one expert said.

Story here. . . [Mark Godsey]

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To whom it may concern,
I exist in America on death row in the state of Georgia as the only indivdual (in the continental U.S) condemmed to the death penalty for the crime of kidnapping with bodily injury-without having any form/type murder (nor manslaughter) conviction ANYWHERE on this planet earth..yet I am sentenced to DEATH - literally for kidnapping? Not to minimize my charge. Is death a fair sentence, given my charge/conviction. Anyhow thats why Im on death row; as well, why i need you guys out there as my friends and pen-friends - to raise holy hell and out cry about my being on death row. I NEED HELP! and my friends to get me through this legal mess my life became some 15 years ago to date. Help me live it to its fullest possible, through our correspondence. Please always write my address in full otherwise I shall not recieve your letters.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Mr. DeMarcus All Sears EF# 318703/UNO# 762415
P.O. BOX 3877 G.D.C.C./G.D.S.P.(G.HOUSE)

Posted by: wendy Brazier | Aug 2, 2005 2:43:05 PM

there is nothing hat i can do to help you but you want to talk contact me

Posted by: wendy forbes nee brazier | Dec 18, 2006 11:21:29 AM

I hope and wish that you BURN is HELL. You should not have KIDNAPPED anyone then you would not have this issue would you?

Posted by: carl | Jan 6, 2009 5:10:49 AM

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