"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." - Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FIU grant will train, educate lawyers representing Florida's prisoners with death sentences

Florida International University's College of Law has received a grant to help defense lawyers handling capital cases.

Over the next 2 years, the $620,000 grant will allow FIU professors to offer consultations and train lawyers on how to properly represent someone facing the death penalty including jury selection, when to plea and how to preserve the record for appeal.

Florida is has one of the highest rates in the nation in both the number of people sentenced to death and the number of executions.

FIU law students will learn first-hand how to manage capital punish cases and work alongside lawyers on pleadings, motions and interviewing witnesses.

The grant is from the Themis Fund, which is working to abolish the death penalty.

Source: Associated Press, April 7, 2015

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