March 19, 2019 News


Stories from the news media about the Death Penalty Representation Project and our work.

"ABA groups launch clemency information clearinghouse for death penalty cases," ABA Journal, June 2018

"Updates from the Military Commissions, 11/13: Finally, a Cross-Examination!," Lawfare Blog, Nov. 28, 2017

Additional press about USS Cole bombing testimony:

"USS Cole’s deck was scene of ‘chaos, panic’ after al-Qaida’s bombing," Miami Herald (Carol Rosenberg), Nov. 8, 2017 - Part of award winning series "Death-Penalty Defese Drama at Guantanamo War Court," recipient of the 2018 ABA Silver Gavel Award for Newspaper Reporting

"'Show me the proof…before you can get the proof': Ayestas offers the Court the chance to fix a paradoxical and unfair standard in death penalty cases," American Constitution Society (ACSblog), Oct. 27, 2017

Additional press about Ayestas v. Davis:

"ABA Groups Lend Expertise for Federal Judiciary and Death Penalty Issues," Pass It On - ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, Winter 2014 Vol. 23, No. 2 (pdf)

"ABA Death Penalty Representation Project honored for its fight for justice for death row prisoners," ABA News, Oct. 9, 2013

The Project was honored in Philadelphia at the Witness to Innocence 10th Anniversary Celebration for its work to “enact meaningful changes in our criminal justice system.”

"Attorneys for the Damned: ABA Project Marks 25 Years of Providing Counsel to Death Row Inmates," ABA Journal, Jul. 1, 2012

After Joe Lee Guy was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Texas in 1993, attorneys from Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney took up his case on appeal. They had a hard time believing some of what they found—or didn’t find—in the files from his trial.

Additional press about the Project's 25th Anniversary:

"Volunteer on Capital Cases: Join the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project," The Young Laywer (pdf), Feb. 2011

There are 3,300 people on death row in the United States, and 99.5 percent of them are indigent. For too many, without the generosity of pro bono attorneys, they will face death alone. 

"The High Price of Life," The American Lawyer (pdf), Jul. 1, 2010

"In Search of Volunteer Lawyers for Death Row Inmates," The BLT: The Blog of the LegalTimes, Mar. 9, 2010

Robin Maher, director of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, discusses the difficulty she has faced in finding pro bono representation for prisoners on death row.   

"Luring Pro Bono Lawyers For Death Row's Forgotten," The Washington Post, Nov. 30, 2004

Project Director Robin Maher talks about the uphill battle in convincing law firms to take on capital appeals at no cost.

"Civil firms can offer life to inmates on death row," The Houston Chronicle, Sep. 2, 2003  

"Offensive defenses -- Death-penalty defendants deserve strong counsel," Philadelphia Inquirer, editorial, Feb. 24, 2003