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Reflections on the Operation of the Death Penalty in Louisiana

On 28 June, Melbourne barrister, Ken Howden,  gave a presentation to the Victorian Bar that detailed his experiences volunteering for the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana in 2015-16.

During his presentation, Ken highlighted the differences between the administration of Louisiana’s criminal justice system and that of Victoria; in particular, the role of political influence upon Louisianan District Attorneys and judiciary. Ken also discussed the landmark U.S. case Brady v Maryland (1963) which established the requirement for prosecuting counsel to turn over all evidence that might absolve a defendant, and cited case examples that violated this rule.

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