Soliciting for Death Row Lawyers
It might be the hardest lawyer's job in the country--soliciting lawyers to represent death row inmates for free. But it's a full time job for the head of the ABA's Death Penalty Representation Project.
Robin Maher is a traveling saleswoman whose wares are condemned prisoners. From Boston to Albuquerque, from Denver to New Orleans, she pulls out their pictures and histories and makes her pitch. They have been sentenced for sometimes gruesome crimes, she acknowledges. Many may be guilty as convicted; others have circumstances that could save their lives. A few could be innocent.
Not one has an attorney.
And therein lies the rub. In an age when hundreds of inmates have been found innocent by DNA testing not available or provided at the time of trial, there are even fewer lawyers who are willing to devote the hundreds or thousands of hours necessary to represent someone who they think probably is guilty.
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