The Arizona Capital Representation Project is a non-profit legal service organization that assists indigent persons facing the death penalty in Arizona through direct representation, consulting services, training and education. The Project receives no government funding and relies on the support of your generous donations.
On April 15, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and death sentences in State v. Boyston. There is an interesting discussion of the intellectual disability claim (finding Mr. Boyston did not prove ID by preponderance of the evidence or clear and convincing evidence). Also a disturbing affirmance of the trial court’s strike of a death-scrupled juror.
In State v. Rose, the court upheld Mr. Rose’s death sentence despite “vengeful language” in the victim impact statements that came “dangerously close to…mandating a mistrial.”
The Arizona Supreme Court reduced a death sentence today in State v. Grell and imposed a sentence of natural life. The Court found Mr. Grell was intellectually disabled and, therefore, his execution is not permitted pursuant to Atkins v. Virginia.
The 9th Circuit issued its opinion in Lambright v. Ryan, finding the district court abused its discretion in modifying a protective order intended to protect privileged materials used in the litigation of the habeas claims. The opinion is below.
GRACE’s next Mitigation Skills Bootcamp will be September 17-19 in Houston. This is our in-house training on skills and mitigation protocols for staff which we hold about twice a year and have in recent years opened up to others as space allows. It is three days of intensive workshops for mitigators and capital counsel. Please contact Michael Espinoza at gro.walecargnull@leahciM if you are interested.