Brief of Lisa Newman, Patrice Carr, and Dr. David "Tony" Antony Hart as Amici Curiae Supporting Affirmance of Sanctions Against the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for Failing to Protect Crime Victims’ Rights

35 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2023 Last revised: 6 Oct 2023

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Paul G. Cassell

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Margaret Garvin

Lewis & Clark College Paul L Boley Library; Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)

Allyson N. Ho

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Bradley Hubbard

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Matthew Scorcio

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Stephen J. Hammer

Gibson Dunn

M. Christian Talley

Gibson Dunn

Joshua R. Zuckerman

Gibson Dunn

Date Written: August 21, 2023

Abstract

This amicus brief in the Third Circuit case of Wharton v. Graterford is filed on behalf of the victims’ family and contends that the district court’s order sanctioning the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for failing to protect crime victims’ rights should be affirmed. The brief explains how the district court properly concluded that the DA’s Office misled the district court into thinking that the family had received an opportunity to confer about the D.A.’s Office’s concession of error in this capital case. The district properly sanctioned the D.A.’s Office for that misrepresentation, which impeded the district court’s ability to comply with its own statutory obligation to ensure crime victims are treated with dignity and respect. The district court’s sanction order (requiring a letter of apology to the family and more forthright communication in the future) was properly directed to protecting crime victims’ rights and the D.A.’s Office’s appeal challenging those sanctions should be rejected.

Suggested Citation

Cassell, Paul G. and Garvin, Margaret and Ho, Allyson N. and Hubbard, Bradley and Scorcio, Matthew and Hammer, Stephen J. and Talley, M. Christian and Zuckerman, Joshua R., Brief of Lisa Newman, Patrice Carr, and Dr. David "Tony" Antony Hart as Amici Curiae Supporting Affirmance of Sanctions Against the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for Failing to Protect Crime Victims’ Rights (August 21, 2023). University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 568, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4547521 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4547521

Paul G. Cassell (Contact Author)

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Margaret Garvin

Lewis & Clark College Paul L Boley Library

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Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI)

Allyson N. Ho

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP ( email )

Bradley Hubbard

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP ( email )

Matthew Scorcio

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP ( email )

Stephen J. Hammer

Gibson Dunn ( email )

M. Christian Talley

Gibson Dunn ( email )

Joshua R. Zuckerman

Gibson Dunn ( email )

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