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The History of the ABA Guidelines (and the Continuing Duty)

The History of the ABA Guidelines (and the Continuing Duty).Posted by 

Russell Stetler and Aurelie Tabuteau trace the background to the ABA Guidelines for Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases in The ABA Guidelines – A Historical Perspective, 43 Hofstra L. Rev. 731 (2015), and highlight the critical role of the Guidelines’ focus on teamwork, both as an approach to capital defense generally and to coordination between successive levels of “teams” (i.e., the continuing duty) in a case.  Here’s an abstract:

This paper explains how the standards of practice in the development of mitigating evidence — a core component of capital defense practice — evolved from the reinstatement of the U.S. death penalty in the 1970s to the publication of the original edition of the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases in 1989.

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