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Pennsylvania Death Penalty Update: PA Supreme Court approves procedure for litigating Atkins mental retardation issues in death penalty cases

Filed under: Criminal Law, Death Penalty Cases, News Tags: , by Steven F. Fairlie @ December 22, 2011

In a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case, Commonwealth v. Sanchez, the court declared that juries will have to rule when a defendant in a death penalty proceeding wants to argue that he is mentally disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. The high court upheld the death penalty for Abraham Sanchez Jr., who was convicted of […]

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Steve Fairlie Discusses the Death Penalty

Filed under: Death Penalty Cases Tags: , , , by Liz @ June 29, 2011

In the second part of a two part series on the death penalty,  Steve Fairlie discusses how the cost of seeking the death penalty far outweighs the value.  Follow this link to review the entire article.

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Steven Fairlie Discusses the Pursuit and Defense of Death Penalty Cases

Filed under: Death Penalty Cases Tags: , , , by Liz @ June 22, 2011

As a prosecutor in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Steve Fairlie successfully litigated a death penalty case.  Now, as a prominent defense attorney, he successfully defends them.  Follow this link to an article showcasing Mr. Fairlie in a video explaining what it takes to pursue and defend a death penalty case.  This article further […]

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Why does Pennsylvania still have the death penalty?

Filed under: Criminal Law, Death Penalty Cases Tags: by Liz @ September 4, 2010

We have litigated death penalty cases from both sides of the fence, prosecution and defense, and therefore feel uniquely qualified to tell you the obvious.  It is a tremendous waste of time.  Last week Governor Rendell signed three more execution warrants – the step to have those who have been sentenced to death actually put […]

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