Kansas v. Carr

Below is the latest brief by our attorneys attacking yet another troublesome aspect of capital punishment in America.

Here, attorneys argue that the long-disfavored practice of trying capital co-defendants in a single proceeding prevents each defendant from receiving their own individualized sentencing determination, and only increases the arbitrariness of the punishment.

Ball v. Leblanc

In late July, Promise of Justice Initiative attorneys and co-counsel petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for rehearing in the death row excessive heat case Ball v. Leblanc.  

The petitions detail crucial misapprehensions and errors in the majority opinion that the Court issued in early July, including with regard to expert testimony and the extent of relief available to prisoners.  The petitions also explain why the district court’s originally ordered relief – implementing a plan that the prison officials developed themselves – was appropriate.  The petitions seek rehearing both by the panel that originally heard the case and by the full Fifth Circuit en banc.

PJI Signs on to Amicus Brief Compelling Sheriff to Comply with 2011 Ordinance

PJI signs on to amicus brief authored by The Louisiana Community Law Office, joined by The Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana, The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, Women With a Vision, The MICAH Project, and V.O.T.E in support of the city’s effort to compel the Sheriff to retrofit Phase II of the new Jail facility in compliance with the 2011 ordinance, instead of creating more jail beds and spending even more money.