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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

New Capital Punishment Website

The Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at the Washington and Lee University School of Law has launched a new web site offering materials and resources for capital case defense attorneys. The web site,, was developed by the Clinic students under the supervision of Professor David I. Bruck, current director of the Clinic.

Designed as a successor to the Capital Defense Journal, which was published from 1989 through 2005, the web site is exclusively tailored to the needs of defense counsel engaged in the defense of Virginia capital cases. Access to the site is free, but most of the site is restricted to persons engaged in criminal defense.

The web site contains sample motions, jury instructions and sentencing forms, historical data on all reported capital murder cases in Virginia since 1978, recent articles from the Capital Defense Journal, links to other capital defense resources, Virginia capital statutory links, and more. The site also includes "15 Steps to Life," a plain-language guide to capital pretrial and trial strategy.

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