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Death penalty fairness discussed Sept. 26

IL Staff
January 1, 2007
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Evaluating fairness and accuracy in state death penalty systems will be the topic of discussion on Sept. 26 at noon at Baker & Daniels, 300 N. Meridian St., Suite 2700, Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society will sponsor the talk, which is free and participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.

The featured speakers are co-authors of "The Indiana Death Penalty Assessment Report" Joel Schumm and Paula Sites. Schumm is clinical associate professor of law at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, and chair of the Indiana Death Penalty Assessment Team. Sites is assistant executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council. Jon Laramore, a partner at Baker & Daniels, will moderate the talk.

The Indiana Death Penalty Assessment Team issued "The Indiana Death Penalty Assessment Report" in February. The team, under the guidance of the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, measured Indiana law, procedure and practices against protocols developed by the ABA to evaluate death penalty jurisprudence.

The report concludes that Indiana fails to comply or is in partial compliance with many of the ABA's recommended protocols, and that many of these shortcomings are substantial. It can be viewed here.

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