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S. HRG. 107-485
PROTECTING THE INNOCENT: ENSURING COMPETENT COUNSEL IN DEATH PENALTY CASES
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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont, Chairman EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR., Delaware
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina HERBERT KOHL, Wisconsin
CHARLES E. GRASSLEY, Iowa DIANNE FEINSTEIN, California
ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania RUSSELL D. FEINGOLD, Wisconsin
JON KYL, Arizona CHARLES E. SCHUMER, New York
MIKE DEWINE, Ohio RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois
JEFF SESSIONS, Alabama MARIA CANTWELL, Washington
SAM BROWNBACK, Kansas
MITCH MCCONNELL, Kentucky
SHARON PROST, Minority Chief Counsel
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STATEMENTS OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
LaHood, Hon. Ray, a Representative in Congress from the State of Illinois
Rowley, Maureen Kearney, Chief Federal Defender, Eastern District of Penn
sylvania, Philadelphia, PA, July 5, 2001, letter Smith, Hon. Gordon H., a U.S. Senator from the State of Oregon, statement Texas Defender Service, Maurie Levin, Managing Attorney, Austin, TX, state
ment Young, Denise, Attorney, Tempe, AZ, statement
PROTECTING THE INNOCENT: ENSURING
COMPETENT COUNSEL IN DEATH PENALTY CASES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2001
Washington, DC. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:04 a.m., in room SD-226, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman of the Committee, presiding.
Present: Senators Leahy, Feinstein, Feingold, Hatch, Specter, and Sessions.
Chairman. LEAHY. Good morning. I am going to withhold my opening statement for a few minutes to accommodate two of the most distinguished members of the House who have a vote in a short while.
I would just note that the Members are_Congressman Ray LaHood, of Illinois, and Congressman William Delahunt, of Massachusetts. Both Mr. LaHood and Mr. Delahunt are close personal friends, one a Republican, one a Democrat. They are the main sponsors of this legislation in the other body, and with the permission of Senator Collins, I thought we would go first with their statements. I appreciate very much their taking the time to be here. I also applaud the enormous amount of work done in a totally bipartisan fashion in the other body.
CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS Representative LAHOOD. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you very much for accommodating our schedule and the fact that we have a vote. I am going to be very brief. I assume our statements will be made a part of the record.
Chairman LEAHY. They will.
Representative LAHOOD. Let me just say, as a Republican, as much as I dislike the idea of all of you folks taking over the Senate, I think this really enhances our opportunity to pass this bill, your bill, and thank you for your leadership in this and getting us all involved in the House. You really have shown extraordinary leadership on this issue.
Just very briefly, Mr. Chairman, I have been a proponent of the death penalty and still am a proponent of the death penalty, but I do believe that when the death penalty is meted out and adminis