Message from the Director

Year-End Newsletter

Message from the Director

At the new sentencing hearing held on September 27, 2012, the State announced that, in the “interests of justice,” it would no longer seek the death penalty against Fred Spicer. A team of attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, along with federal defender David Voisin, have worked tirelessly on Mr. Spicer’s behalf for the past six years.

A pro bono team at King & Spalding LLP has secured another victory for their client, Justin Wolfe. On August 16, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which overturned Mr. Wolfe’s conviction and sentence.

On September 28, 2012, Damon Thibodeaux became the 300th prisoner to be exonerated by DNA evidence. The decision resulted from extraordinary efforts of defenders and volunteer attorneys at Fredrikson & Byron to prove Mr. Thibodeaux’s innocence.

On September 12, 2012, the Project co-hosted an event with the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and the American Constitution Society at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. The program, titled “The Death Penalty in America,” featured presentations by legislators, activists, volunteer lawyers and a representative from the Project.

March 18, 2013, will mark the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright. In Gideon, the Court overturned Clarence Earl Gideon’s conviction and unanimously ruled that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to provide counsel to defendants in felony criminal cases if they are unable to hire an attorney.

On October 21, 2013, the Project will join the Maurice A. Deane Law School at Hofstra University to host a Symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the publication of the 2003 ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases.

On November 15, 2012, the Southern Center for Human Rights will honor Steve Bright and his many years of service with its Frederick Douglass Award, given to those who demonstrate “exceptional courage and tenacity in the defense of human rights and equal justice.”

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