Elisabeth Semel Notes Strict ABA Guidelines in Death Penalty Cases

The Times-Standard, May 10, 2011 by Thadeus Greenson

“It’s the mantra, ‘death is different,'” Semel said. “There are a host of differences when someone is facing the death penalty in terms of legal responsibilities…. You need people experienced in looking for any facts that might appeal to an individual juror as a reason not to impose the death penalty,” Semel said. “That’s where all of these rather enormous and daunting responsibilities come in.”