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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.

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9th Circuit Remands Case to District Court Pursuant to Martinez

March 6th, 2014 by emily

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded Clabourne v. Ryan to the district court for consideration of whether Mr. Clabourne’s claim of ineffective assistance of sentencing counsel may be considered on the merits in light of Martinez v. Ryan. The Ninth Circuit denied relief on Mr. Clabourne’s remaining claims, including that the Arizona Supreme Court improperly applied a causal nexus requirement to his mitigating evidence. The opinion is below.

2014-03-05 Opinion

Washington State Governor Imposes Moratorium on Death Penalty

February 11th, 2014 by amy

Citing inequality and imperfection, Governor Inslee declares a moratorium on Washington’s death penalty and welcomes national debate. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/11/washington-death-penalty-inslee/5394917/

Capital Voir Dire Training

January 22nd, 2014 by emily

ANNUAL THEORY & INTENSE PRACTICE
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*CAPITAL VOIR DIRE TRAINING
BOULDER, COLORADO
MAY 15 – 17, 2014
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The program website is here: http://www.nccvd.org <http://www.nccvd.org/> *The application page on the program website is
here: http://www.nccvd.org/application/*

Death penalty voir dire is one of the most difficult yet crucial skills for lawyers to master.

Join the National College of Capital Voir Dire, the Arizona Capital Representation Project, the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, and the University of Colorado School of Law for this unique hands-on training program.  Participants will work with David Wymore, the originator of this method of capital jury selection, and a faculty of masters of capital voir dire for two and a half days to learn, refine
and master the art and science of death penalty jury selection.

The program teaches the Colorado Method of capital voir dire by using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and small group exercises involving real jurors.  This is the proven method which has nearly emptied Colorado’s death row and saved capital defendants across the country.  Students will learn the core Supreme Court jurisprudence and how to use it to make the judge let you ask what you need to ask. Students will learn and then practice in small groups how to get venire persons to share their views about the death penalty and life imprisonment by stripping away extraneous issues and circumstances, identify and rate strong pro-death and potential life-voting jurors, build and make challenges for cause and protect other jurors from cause challenges, teach life-givers how to get out of the jury room with their vote intact, and teach strong pro-death jurors to respect the decisions of all jurors (including life-giving jurors).

This will be the only national Capital Voir Dire Training in 2014.
Space is limited to 60 capital defense attorneys.  The on-line application requests information about the dates of any pending trials and your legal experience. Please apply early – slots fill up quickly.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Clinical Law Professor Ann England ude.odarolocnull@dnalgne.nnata<mailto:atann.england@colorado.edu>.

The seminar will be held at the University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Road, Boulder, Colorado 80309.

Arizona Supreme Court affirms another death sentence

January 17th, 2014 by amy

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously affirmed Shawna Forde’s convictions and sentences today, modifying two non-capital sentences to run concurrently. Of note, the Court found two allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in closing arguments–vouching and misstating the evidence–but ruled the misconduct did not constitute fundamental error. Read the opinion here: 2014-01-17 Opinion

Arizona Supreme Court Affirms Death Sentence

January 3rd, 2014 by emily

The Court affirmed the convictions and death sentence in State v. Miller last week. The opinion is below.

 

2013-12-27 Opinion