Sunday, June 15, 2003

Federal juries rejecting the death penalty

From the NY Times, Adam Liptak has this interesting report on how federal juries have refused to impose a death sentence in 15 of 16 cases (including at least one in Virginia) tried most recently in federal courts where the death penalty was sought.

One view of this statistic is that "recent results showed that federal defense lawyers were better financed and more competent than their state counterparts, particularly at presenting mitigating evidence in the penalty phase of the trial."

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