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Monday, January 7, 2013

"When Death Row Lawyers Stumble, Clients Take the Fall"

From Adam Liptak in The New York Times. In part:

The legal system generally answers by saying that lawyers are their clients’ agents. The answer makes perfect sense when you are talking about sophisticated clients who choose their lawyers, supervise their work and fire them if they turn out to be incompetent or worse.

But the theory turns problematic, Judge Barkett wrote, when the clients are on death row, have no role in the selection of their lawyers and have no real control over them.

 

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