"Boston Bar Association Opposes Death Penalty in Federal Cases," is the BBA news release. The Bar Association Report is available in Adobe .pdf format.
Today's Boston Globe reports, "Boston lawyers’ group blasts death penalty," by Milton J. Valencia.
The Boston Bar Association, which represents more than 10,000 lawyers and some of the top firms in the state, released an internal study Tuesday strongly opposing the death penalty in federal cases, the organization’s most pronounced stand against federal capital punishment in its 250-year history.
The announcement was made as federal prosecutors consider whether to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, and as prosecutors continue to seek capital punishment for admitted serial killer Gary Lee Sampson.
“Without equivocation, the death penalty has no place in the fair administration of justice and makes no sense on a practical level,” said Paul T. Dacier, the bar association’s president, who ordered a review of the organization’s stance on the death penalty in August. The review was also made to determine whether to speak out against federal capital punishment.
“Regardless of how heinous the crime, we stand strong against the death penalty in federal and state cases,” Dacier said.
"Podcast: Paul Dacier explains reasons for BBA’s opposition to death penalty," by David E. Frank is the post at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. There is audio at the link.
The Boston Bar Association announced today that, for the first time in its 250-year history, the organization is taking a stand against the death penalty in federal cases.
The announcement comes after a panel chaired by retired Superior Court Judge Margaret R. Hinkle and Foley Hoag partner Martin F. Murphy conducted a study on the issue, and just weeks before federal prosecutors are required to inform U.S District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. whether they intend to seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
"Boston Bar takes stand against death penalty in federal cases," is by Mary Moore for the Boston Business Journal.
The Boston Bar's position comes as part of a report issued by a working group that President Paul Dacier convened last fall to review the group's 40-year-old death penalty stance. In addition to reviewing its existing death penalty position for state cases, the working group was charged also with considering whether the bar association should take a position on federal cases.
"Without equivocation, the death penalty has no place in the fair administration of justice, and makes no sense on a practical level," said Dacier.
A decision whether to pursue the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing case has not yet been made. A resentencing trial in another federal death penalty case is currently pending in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has no state death penalty.
Related posts are in the federal death penalty category index.