Thursday, 8 February 2007

No Defense: Shortcut to Death Row

Update on McClatchy’s No Defense: Shortcut to Death Row

Tomorrow the McClatchy newpspapers’ will run the latest installment of No Defense: Shortcut to Death Row.

The story this time is about Christopher Scott Emmett, a condemned Virginia man whose case was among the 80 reviewed in Virginia, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Like the vast majority of defendants whose cases examined, Emmett had a trial attorney who failed to investigate critical mitigating evidence about his client.

In late January, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., rejected Emmett’s claims that his trial lawyer was ineffective, most likely exhausting substantive review of his case. He could be executed by summer, if the Supreme Court does not intervene.

The full story entitled, “Ineffectual legal representation may not impede convict’s execution”, is here. Steve Henderson’s work to date in this series has been groundbreaking &, in all likelihood, will also soon be award-winning.

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