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Death Penalty

California Governor Announces Execution Moratorium; Orders Closure of Execution Chamber

Governor Gavin Newsom announced an execution moratorium, and signed an executive order which referenced the numerous issues with the state’s death penalty, including the $5 billion spent to execute 13 people over four decades, wrongful convictions, and the overrepresentation of “people of color, people with mental disabilities, and people who cannot afford costly legal representation” on death row.

Courts & Judiciary

All Rulings from Past Four Years Vacated in Guantanamo Death Penalty Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a sweeping decision that overturned years of rulings in the case of Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, the man accused of orchestrating the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000. The decision came in response to findings that the judge presiding over the case, Colonel Vance Spath, had engaged in an undisclosed DOJ immigration judge job search while presiding over the case.

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Death Penalty

Wrongfully Convicted Former Death Row Prisoner Speaks at Gathering of Pro Bono Lawyers

The Death Penalty Representation Project presented a program entitled “New Frontiers in Death Penalty Cases” during the 2019 Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, which featured a panel that included former death row prisoner Jimmy Dennis along with his pro bono counsel from Arnold & Porter, Rebecca Gordon, and nationally recognized death penalty expert and director of the Death Penalty Information Center, Robert Dunham.

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Project Press is the newsletter of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project. Each issue contains news about the Project, clients in need of pro bono assistance, death penalty cases and opinions, training opportunities, and much more!