Death Penalty Cases Decrease in Texas

I was recently quoted in the Texas Lawyer Blog regarding the reasons the Death Penalty verdicts have dropped nation wide and in Texas. I believe one of the primary reason for this trend is expense. The cost of appeals in a death penalty case will cost smaller counties a tremendous amounts of money over the years. Pleading a capital murder to Life With out Parole or waiving the death penalty is a far more efficient way to try these capital murder cases. A criminal defense attorney can always use this to his or her advantage when negotiating with prosecutors.

 

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