Death sentence reversed because lawyer made no arguments against it, Tenn.

March 23, 2001
(MEMPHIS) – A Vietnam Veteran who has spent almost two decades on Tennessee’s death row for killing an elderly couple has been granted a new penalty hearing because his lawyer failed to make any argument to the jury on why his life should be spared.

A federal appeals court called the lawyer’s strategy “non-representation of the most deadly sort,” suggesting it allowed jurors ...

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