On Wednesday, March 10, 2010, Milton Dwayne Gobert was sentenced to death in the 2003 killing of Mel Kernena Cotton in North Austin.
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TCADP wrote about Phillip’s report early in the week. To view this article, with a link to the report published with the American Constitution Society visit here.
Professor Scott Phillips published a brief with the American Constitution Society on February 23, 2010 regarding the effects of hired counsel versus court-appointed attorney’s in capital murder cases in Harris County. The report investigated the 504 adults indicted with capital murder in the country between 1992-1999. The brief compared the outcome of cases where the defendant hired counsel with cases where the defendant had court-appointed counsel and found that “hiring counsel for the entire case not only eliminated the chance of death, but also dramatically increased the chance of an acquittal;” while “hiring counsel for a portion of the case substantially reduces the chance of death.”