MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida International University’s College of Law has received a $620,000 grant to help defense lawyers handling capital cases.READ MORE: Missing Miami Woman Yennyfer Rodriguez Found
The grant, over the next two years, will allow FIU professors to offer consultations and train lawyers on how to properly represent someone facing the death penalty including jury selection, when to plea and how to preserve the record for appeal.
Florida has one of the highest rates in the nation in both the number of people sentenced to death and the number of executions.READ MORE: Confessed Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty Wednesday To Massacre
FIU law students will learn first-hand how to manage capital punish cases and work alongside lawyers on pleadings, motions and interviewing witnesses.
The grant is from the Themis Fund, which is working to abolish the death penalty.MORE NEWS: Arrest Affidavit: Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Claims He Was Trying To Kill Himself In Struggle With Slain Officer Yandy Chirino
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