The DOJ has issued final, controversial regulations for certifying states that qualify for using fast-track federal court review of their death penalty cases. "The proposed regulations of June 2007 were basically sound and only minor tweaks were needed," said Kent Scheidegger of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, who is a strong proponent of both the fast-track procedures and states' certification. But veteran capital defense litigator George Kendall said it was a "dark day" for the Justice Department.
DOJ Issues Final, Controversial Regulations on Fast-Track Review of Death Penalty Cases
The National Law Journal
December 15, 2008