From this week’s edition:
Leading of this week are two decisions from the Third Circuit that are relatively mundane, Joseph J. Kindler v. Horn and Mumia Abu-Jamal, a/k/a Wesley Cook v. Secretary. Both are remands from the United States Supreme Court. Both reinstate prior grants of relief under Mills, and, in the case of Mr. Kindler, on ineffective assistance of counsel as well.
In the news, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund recently released its most recent edition of Death Row USA showing a continuing decline of those in death row. Jeffrey Toobin’s latest Annals of Law article in the current issue of the New Yorker examines how Danalynn Recer and the Gulf Region Advocacy Center are changing the game in mitigation. California’s Governor Jerry Brown has killed plans to build a new $356 Million death row. DPIC recently examined the cost of pursuing death and how it is wrecking county budget nationwide.
As always a heartfelt thanks for reading. – k