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 9.2 Current Resources
9.2.1 Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project
The Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, established in 1992 by the Defender Services Office, assists appointed counsel, federal defenders, and the judiciary with matters relating to the defense function in federal capital trial cases. Comprised of veteran capital defense attorneys, the Project monitors all federal death penalty cases; consults with trial counsel regarding identification of experts, mitigation specialists, and investigators; undertakes legal research, drafting plead- ings, and jury instructions; and provides on-site assistance before and during capital trials. The Project also identifies and recruits qualified defense counsel for possi-
ble appointment and assists DSO in responding to judicial inquiries concerning the defense function, case management, and budgeting of federal capital cases.
The Project includes attorneys who serve as Federal Capital Appellate Resource Counsel. They recruit, train, consult with, and assist attorneys appointed to fed-
eral death-penalty appeals and provide direct representation in a limited number
of cases. The Project also has a National Mitigation Coordinator, a Defense Victim Outreach Coordinator, and a Life Support Project comprised of a number of individ- uals who previously faced capital charges and who assist defense teams with clients who are reluctant to have mitigation investigated or to accept a plea agreement for
a sentence less than death.921 Finally, the Project includes Capital Resource Counsel who are full-time assistant federal defenders who focus on federal capital cases assigned to federal defender organizations.
9.2.2 Federal Capital Habeas Corpus Project (2255 Project)
The Federal Capital Habeas 2255 Project, established in 2004 by DSO, assists federal courts with appointment of counsel in § 2255 federal death penalty habeas proceed- ings and ensures that all individuals sentenced to death in federal court, who have completed their direct appeals, receive representation consistent with the highest standards of the legal profession. The Project is composed of six attorneys, a para- legal, and an administrative assistant who work under the auspices of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland. The Project’s main focus is to recruit qualified counsel, monitor pending § 2255 litigation, consult with post-conviction attorneys on all aspects of proceedings, represent petitioners directly in a limited number of cases, organize training seminars on legal developments and effective litigation strategies, and assist judges and their staffs with budgeting, counsel con- cerns, or any other issues related to capital § 2255 representation.
921 AtthetimeofthiswritingthereisnoDefenseVictimOutreachCoordinator,andtheLifeSupport Project operates on an ad hoc basis.
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