New rule prevents abuse of clemency process

Death row inmates who discharge assigned lawyers without cause will not get replacement

The Supreme Court has clamped down on death row inmates who try to extend clemency petition deadlines by switching from one assigned lawyer to another.

The changed rules dictate that such inmates are assigned only one lawyer, who will not be replaced if he or she is discharged without cause.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 04, 2018, with the headline 'New rule prevents abuse of clemency process'. Print Edition | Subscribe