A comparison of retained and appointed counsel in cases of capital murder.

@article{Beck1997ACO,
  title={A comparison of retained and appointed counsel in cases of capital murder.},
  author={James C Beck and Robert Shumsky},
  journal={Law and human behavior},
  year={1997},
  volume={21 5},
  pages={525-38}
}
We examined the role of counsel as a source of arbitrary and capricious sentencing in cases of capital murder. The method is a reanalysis of the data of Baldus, Woodworth, & Pulaski (1990) on 606 cases of capital murder in Georgia in the 1970s. Controlling for variables describing the character of the defendant and the circumstances of the crime, a death sentence was more likely when defense counsel was appointed rather than retained privately. This was a consequence primarily of the prosecutor… CONTINUE READING