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Defense attorneys seek death penalty appellate system reform

A report released by the Texas Defender Service on Tuesday, September 20, which studied data from 2009 to 2015, showed that the district appeals system decided 82 death penalty cases, affirming 79 of those cases and reversing only three death sentences.

The report noted the problem of the rise in death penalty cases stems from defense understaffing, poor representation, and a lack of oversight. Defense lawyer Amanda Marzullo noted, “Our criminal justice system only works when there is experienced, skilled, and focused advocacy on both sides. Today the current direct appeals system is failing to provide that adequacy to ensure that justice is properly served.”

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