Wood v. Allen

Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of petitioner.

Brief filed: 08/10/2009


Wood v. Allen

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 08-9156


The verbatim adoption of proposed orders is typical in Alabama capital postconviction cases and produces serious flaws in the resulting orders. The Eleventh Circuit erred in accepting as reasonable erroneous factual determinations in the trial court’s orders that were adopted verbatim from the proposed orders drafted by state prosecutors.

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Jonathan L. Marcus, Gregory M. Lipper, Anne Y. Lee, and Alithea Z. Sullivan, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC.