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ACLU to use new study in Nev. death penalty debate
by Tribune Staff
Apr 07, 2012 | 483 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A top American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada official says a study putting the cost of defending death penalty cases at $170,000 higher than non-capital murder cases should help state legislators when they meet next year.

ACLU executive Dane Claussen said Friday that the study by a University of Nevada, Las Vegas, criminology professor was commissioned by Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.

It found that public defense attorneys in Clark County spend twice as much time — almost 2,300 hours — on a capital murder case, compared with non-capital cases.

But he says state lawmakers need to know how criminal justice resources are allocated, especially when they’re considering bills like a proposal for a moratorium on death penalty cases.
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