Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The Supreme Court has ruled that the government should pay federally appointed lawyers to work on state clemency requests for death row inmates. The case began when convicted murderer Edward Jerome Harbison asked that the government pay for his federal public defender to represent him in a clemency petition to the governor of Tennessee. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Harbison's request but the Supreme Court disagreed with the lower court. See story here.