Report: Lawyer Shortage Slows Capital Appeals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report says California is having a tough time recruiting lawyers for post-conviction challenges, leading to long delays for those on death row who are waiting for an attorney.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that nearly half of those condemned in California are waiting for counsel.

In one case, a man sentenced to death 13 years ago for a 1996 murder in Orange County still has no attorney to appeal his conviction.

Defense lawyers say the scarcity is due to inadequate state funding, the emotional turmoil of taking on a case in which the client could die and the likelihood of the state Supreme Court upholding a capital conviction.

California has more than 700 inmates on death row. The average wait for an attorney is about 10 years.

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  • John Doe

    California has more lawyers than any other state in the country. To say that there is a shortage is a blatant lie. Maybe they should change the rules. If you don’t get a lawyer right away your sentence will be carried out right away. Lets see if the shortage continues under that arrangement.

  • MMcK

    No one has money to pay these crooks, they have already fleeced everyone.


    John Doe, I like your style.

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