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April 2007 , Page 49 

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Friend of the Court

By Jack King

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NACDL’s Amicus Curiae Committee has written and filed briefs in several cases over the past few months. Most of the briefs can be found at www.nacdl.org and are available to NACDL members, the media, and the public. Additional briefs filed by the committee were discussed in the March 2007 issue of The Champion.

NACDL Amicus Briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court

Death Penalty Issues 

  • Abdul-Kabir v. Quarterman, No. 05-11284, lower court opinion, 418 F.3d 494 (5th Cir. 2005) and Brewer v. Quarterman, No. 05-11287, lower court opinion, 442 F.3d 273 (5th Cir. 2006), cert. granted, October 13, 2006; oral argument held on January 17, 2007. Amicus brief filed on behalf of NACDL, the Child Welfare League of America, and the Juvenile Law Center.

Argument: Evidence of a disrupted childhood or adolescence — including evidence of child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and mental illness — is relevant mitigating evidence as to punishment in a capital case. The link between the h

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