1989 Guideline 11.8.5

GUIDELINE 11.8.5 – THE PROSECUTOR'S CASE AT THE SENTENCING PHASE

A. Counsel should attempt to determine at the earliest possible time what aggravating factors the prosecution will rely on in seeking the death penalty and what evidence will be offered in support thereof (Guideline 11.3). If the Jurisdiction has rules regarding notification of these factors, counsel should object to any non-compliance, and if such rules are inadequate, should consider challenging the adequacy of the rules.

B. If counsel determines that the prosecutor plans to rely on or offer arguably improper, inaccurate or misleading evidence in support of the request for the death penalty, counsel should consider appropriate pretrial or trial strategies in response.

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