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Resource ID: #18752
Subject: Death Penalty
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Date: August 6-8



The Post-Intelligencer investigates poor representation in capital punishment cases in Washington state. They found that contrary to Bar Association guidelines, trial judges frequently appoint inexperienced attorneys, one-fifth of the defendants sentenced to death have been represented by lawyers who were later disbarred, suspended or arrested, and that since 1981, 22 people have gotten off death row due to ineffective legal representation. As a result of the series, the Office of Public Defense proposed stricter rules to control the assignment of lawyers in capital cases.

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