Military Service as a Mitigating Factor

Over the weekend we observed Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served. [Editor’s note: Jamie is himself an Air Force veteran, as he mentions below, so thanks to him for his prior service in addition to his current outstanding work.] The holiday calls to mind the sentencing mitigating factor set out in G.S. … Read more

Porter and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel at Capital Sentencing Hearings

The United States Supreme Court recently decided Porter v. McCollum, a capital case in which the defendant claimed that his lawyer performed ineffectively at the penalty phase of his trial. It’s interesting for a couple of reasons, including the strong language it contains about the mitigating value of a defendant’s military service. George Porter shot … Read more