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The Austin American-Statesman investigates as writs of habeas corpus are found to have errors when submitted to the court. These writs are essential in death row appeals because they "help ensure that the right person will be executed and that verdicts are obtained in accordance with the U.S. and state constitutions." But the newspaper found that "court appointed lawyers routinely submit shockingly botched writs applications. Some are incomplete, incomprehensible or improperly argued. Others are duplicated, poorly, from previous appeals." Yet, these lawyers are not held accountable for these mistakes.
Texas Lawyer investigates Larry W. Baraka, a Texas judge who spent 85.4 percent more money on court-appointed lawyers in the last year than did his fellow county judges. While Baraka argues that his county also heard 25 percent more dispositions than courts in other counties, Baraka's district court seat plans to apprehend the judge on spending issues during next year's campaigns. (Nov. 6, 1996)