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Book Review: Tell the Client’s Story - Mitigation in Criminal and Death Penalty Cases

By Ernie Lewis

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Tell the Client’s Story
Mitigation in Criminal and Death Penalty Cases

Edward Monahan and James Clark, Editors
American Bar Association (2017) 


Gregg v. Georgia was one of several cases that came down from the Supreme Court on July 2, 1976, reinstituting the death penalty in the United States. Kentucky responded by passing a death penalty bill almost identical to the Georgia statute approved in Gregg. Kentucky’s death penalty was back in business.

Ed Monahan was a recently minted lawyer in Kentucky’s new Office of the Public Defender. He formed the Death Penalty Task Force to flesh out the new statute and to offer assistance to the private attorneys called upon to defend under the new law. Ed was the editor of the first iteration of a death penalty manual, planned the first public defender training held at Shakertown (led by Millard Farmer), and organized the task force into teams to give advice to lawyers throughout the state. Ed became the Director of Training for t

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