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June 2010 , Page 18 

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The War Against Capital Punishment

By Quintin Chatman

With 1,217 people executed since the Supreme Court permitted capital punishment to resume in 1976, the United States continues its refusal to join the enlightened nations on the planet that have abolished the death penalty.

According to Terrica Redfield, NACDL’s Death Penalty Resource Counsel, “The fate of a capital defendant is intimately connected to the quality of legal representation he or she receives.” Recognizing the need for proper training and support for competent death penalty counsel, NACDL is a leading proponent and provider of hands-on, small-group, bring-your-own-case trainings that teach skills such as the Colorado Method of jury selection, records review, formalized brainstorming, creative motions practice, and other skills essential to effective death penalty representation. Perhaps the Association’s most successful hands-on, small-group seminar in terms of immediate outcomes and dramatic results is “NACDL’s Capital Voir Dire Training: Theory & Intense Practice.” Parti

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