Further update: Workman was executed last night around 1:38 am. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Update: Workman’s public defenders are working hard on his behalf. After the denial of cert. by SCOTUS, it seems that they have now filed a Motion for Stay with Tennessee’s Supreme Court. There’s no timestamp, so I can’t tell for sure whether I’m linking to something hours old, but it does reference the fact that three Supreme Court justices would have granted cert, so I think it is fairly recent.
I haven’t posted about this TN lethal injection challenge, but I have been following it. Minutes ago, SCOTUS denied [pdf] the petition for certiorari. Justices Stevens, Souter and Ginsburg would have granted cert. I’m disappointed, but not surprised.
As CDW notes, Workman’s attorneys did a fantastic job. Please take the time to read the petition here [pdf]. All the pleadings can be found here.
Edit: I had the wrong link for the SCOTUS denial. Now updated.
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Helpful reader “MCrawford” comments on my post about “The Client Manifesto” and points to a NY State Defenders’ Association document entitled “Client-centered representation standards” [pdf file].Â There are 20 standards for client representation, ranging from the obvious:
Makes sure the clientâ€™s privacy is respected and that communications take place in a pace and by means that protect the confidential nature of the client-attorney relationship.
to the vital:
Thoroughly and carefully read all documents, discuss them with the client, and provide the client with copies; [k]now the law and investigate the facts, and apply the knowledge of both creatively, competently, and expeditiously
and everything in between:
Inform the client about plea negotiations, tell the client when a plea has been offered, explain the importance of the clientâ€™s decision whether or not to plead guilty, advise the client on the appropriateness of any plea and all of its consequences and, acting in the best interest of the client, help the client reach an informed decision.
Read it, download it, memorize it, practice it, breathe it. Yeah, that’s right. I said breathe it.