Appointment of Two Attorneys in Capital Cases (1985)

Short Name: Appointment of Two Attorneys in Capital Cases
Year Adopted: 1985
Meeting Where Adopted: Mid-Year
Policy Number: 
Subjects: Death Penalty, Indigent Defense Systems, Appointment of Counsel

Resolution Text:

Be It Resolved, That the American Bar Association recommends when attorneys in private practice are appointed to represent defendants in death penalty cases:

1. The appointed attorney shall have substantial trial experience involving the defense of serious felony cases; and

2. Two attorneys shall be appointed as trial counsel to represent the defendant. One of these persons shall be designated and act as the primary defense counsel, and the other shall be assistant defense counsel.

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