To help readers who may have trouble with the legal jargon in court stories, Evening Sun reporter Mark Walters will be putting together a terms-you-need-to-know list. Every week, he’ll add a new word to the list, using articles to show how the word is used in a sentence.
Post conviction relief: When a convicted person requests a new trial. Reasons for requesting a new trial vary, but inadequate legal counsel is often cited when someone files for post conviction relief. This form of appeal was born of the Post Conviction Relief Act of the 1980s.
Richard Lehman filed for post conviction relief, stating his defense counsel, then-Adams County public defender Jeff Cook, did not properly inform him of the statistical history of the death penalty. Lehman’s post conviction was denied. READ MORE.
See the full list of legal jargon here.
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