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How can it be completely failed? My friend used to be one in his first year as an attorney and he graduated from a prestigious law school. He claimed that the pay wasn't as good so none of the truly competent people want to continue doing it.
So why don't they pay them more? I'd rather pay for that than a longer-than-14-year appeals process for most Death Penalty cases. Why in the world do you need more than 14 whole years to appeal a capital crime?
The guy I knew who was a Capital Offenses attorney said that the legal fees for Appealing the case were what was making it so costly, and I had no trouble believing it. He said that some states have applied a 14-year limit to the process but Arizona wasn't one of them. Arizona, where I was then, has the dumbest appeals process for Death Penalty that I ever heard. They wait 3 years and then review the entire case again to decide if it still qualifies as Capital punishment and if it's the right person. Then they go back to prison for 3 MORE years and do the whole thing over. One person had done this 6 times and were still doing the process. I thought it sounded totally stupid and I'm FOR capital punishment. It sounded like way too much rigamarole.
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