Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project

Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project

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Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel project (“FDPRC”) and the Resource Counsel project (“CRC” or the “Trial Projects”) are programs of the Defender Services Office of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The projects are designed to assist the federal courts, federal defenders, and appointed counsel in connection with matters relating to the defense function in federal capital cases at the trial level. The FDPRC project’s mission is to help courts and federal defenders identify qualified counsel for federal death-penalty appeals, train and consult with assigned counsel, and provide direct representation in some cases. Trial Project lawyer provides telephone, video conference, and on-site consultation which can include:  assistance in identifying and utilizing qualified learned counsel; making referrals to mitigation specialists, investigators, paralegals, defense victim outreach specialists, mental health and other experts, and other defense team members to create a diverse and culturally competent team; assistance with pleadings and legal research, budgeting, preparing written and oral presentations addressing the government’s decision whether or not to seek the death penalty including settlement efforts; and, if necessary, trial preparation, jury selection assistance and courtroom litigation. For more information, please contact the members of Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel project directly.

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