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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling about Representation in Post-Conviction Proceedings

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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling about Representation in Post-Conviction Proceedings

On March 20, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a major decision in Martinez v. Ryan concerning the conduct of counsel in state post-conviction proceedings. Although the Court declined to reconsider its prior holding that there is no constitutional right to the effective assistance of counsel in state post-conviction proceedings, the Court announced an equitable rule that has the potential to impact death row prisoners across the country.

On February 4, 2012, during the ABA midyear meeting in New Orleans, the Death Penalty Representation Project co-sponsored an event entitled “Prosecutorial Accountability in the Post-Connick v. Thompson Era: Reforms and Solutions.”

On May 18, 2012, the Project attended a breakfast meeting to discuss the importance of effective representation in death penalty cases at the William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse in Seattle, Washington.

Each year the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project celebrates the work of volunteer death penalty lawyers at its Volunteer Recognition Event. This year’s event will be held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, August 2-5, 2012.

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