9 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2017 Last revised: 23 May 2017
Date Written: April 25, 2017
The Supreme Court yesterday (April 24, 2017) heard the case of an Alabama death row inmate, James McWilliams. A thus far overlooked argument could save his life and help level the playing field in other capital cases. The Court in 1985 promised independent expertise. Now is its chance to make good on that promise.
Keywords: indepedent expert, indigent defendant, death penalty, McWilliams v. Dunn, Ake v. Oklahoma
JEL Classification: K10, K14, K19
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Vars, Fredrick E., An Indigent Criminal Defendant is Entitled to 'An Expert of His Own' (April 25, 2017). Washington and Lee Law Review, Forthcoming; U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2958141