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What makes an attorney death penalty qualified?

what is the difference between an attorney and a death penalty qualified attorney?

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I think you need to have special training in rules of evidence, procedure, and have extensive experience in criminal jury trials.

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thankyou rghurst, L
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You gotta do something really bad like Jason bad

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Obviously you don't understand the question.
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thanks Raz, but i didnt mean how do you get the death penalty, but what is the difference between a death penalty qualified lawyer and another ..what are the special qualiflications, what is the criteria? thanks anyhow, appreciate it.L.
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Dang, you made me laugh! "like Jason bad" lol.
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It varies from state to state, but the principles remain the same. The attorney must have spent seven (or ten) years as a "second chair" assistant to a death-qualified lawyer on death penalty trials. To be eligible to do that, s/he must have spent seven (or ten) years trying complex, felony criminal trials. I'm not sure which body governs and assesses whether or not a trial is considered to be complex; I only know that some are not. There are fewer and fewer attorneys who are death-qualified anymore, so much so that some counties only have one or two, and there are many convicted people waiting as much as twelve years (!!!) to get action on an appeal. It's ridiculously slow.

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