Christeson v. Roper

Brief of National Association of Public Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on petition for writ of certiorari).

Brief filed: 01/30/2017


Christeson v. Roper

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 16-7730

Prior Decision

On petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Case No. 16-02730, on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Western Division, Cause No. 4:04-cv-08004, The Honorable Dean Whipple, District Judge, presiding.


Section 3599 requires, in addition to the appointment of counsel, the allocation of adequate resources to litigate capital cases. The lower courts arbitrarily and unlawfully denied Christeson adequate funding to prepare his motion. This issue is critically important and warrants this Court's immediate review.

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Janet Moore, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH.