We have represented clients in several recent cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Louisiana Capital Clemency
- In June 2023, 56 of Louisiana’s death row prisoners filed clemency petitions asking Governor John Bel Edwards and the Board of Pardons to commute their death sentences to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
- These clemency applications point to profound systemic flaws in the Louisiana death penalty, including dramatic racial disparity, a shocking number of death-sentenced prisoners with evidence of intellectual disability, significant geographic concentration, and widespread prosecutorial misconduct that has resulted in innocent people being sentenced to death.
Neal v. Vannoy, No. 22-70007 (5th Cir. 2023)
- Louisiana challenges the district court’s grant of habeas relief to an inmate who had been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 2009. The district court held that ineffective assistance of trial counsel prejudiced the defense. The State argues that the district court applied the incorrect standard of review under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, and that the district court improperly granted habeas relief due to ineffective assistance of counsel under Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984).