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On July 16, 2009, the Project hosted a special two-part event in Boston at the John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse. Host US District Judge Nancy Gertner and Kathy Weinman, President of the Boston Bar Association, made opening remarks.
At the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago the Project hosted a program titled “The Future of the Death Penalty in the United States Supreme Court.”
Each year the Project celebrates its dedicated volunteers at our Anniversary & Volunteer Recognition Event. We invite you to attend this year’s event on September 24, 2009, at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta.
The Supreme Court released its oral argument calendar for the first sitting of the Term that opens on Monday, October 5, 2009. Newly confirmed Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be on the bench as the Term begins.
With approximately 140 death penalty cases pending at the trial court in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona, increased pressure for death penalty cases to proceed quickly to trial, and significant budget cuts at the Office of State Capital Post Conviction Public Defender, the capital defense system in Arizona is experiencing an unprecedented crisis.
The Project is currently seeking volunteer counsel to assist two death row prisoners in Florida in their federal post-conviction proceedings. Although otherwise unconnected, both clients received grossly inadequate representation from the same attorney and were granted the extremely rare relief of equitable tolling by the federal district court.