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Sep 24, 2020

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Death Sentences, Absolves Failures by Court-Appointed Counsel in Three Georgia Death-Penalty Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied habeas cor­pus relief to three Georgia death-row pris­on­ers in a series of opin­ions that nar­row­ly inter­pret­ed the scope of a defendant’s right to effec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the penal­ty phase of a cap­i­tal tri­al. The deci­sions, issued in unre­lat­ed cas­es over the course of 36 hours on September 15 and 16, 2020, absolved court-appoint­ed coun­sel of sig­nif­i­cant fail­ures in inves­ti­gat­ing, pre­sent­ing, and argu­ing to the jury rea­sons to spare their clients’ lives.