James Bednar, who represents death row inmates, says he "about fell over" when he learned of President George W. Bush's recent promise to help lawyers who defend capital cases. For many, Bush's State of the Union remarks are perplexing. The confusion is rooted in an apparent about-face on funding for death penalty defense -- something the White House has vigorously opposed -- and has caused speculation that the president's proposals come with strings attached.
The White House's Capital Venture
March 23, 2005