Caselaw Summaries

This section contains summaries of opinions in capital cases that cite to or reference the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (“1989 ABA Guidelines” and “2003 ABA Guidelines”) and the 2008 Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Death Penalty Cases (“2008 Mitigation Guidelines”).

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