A June 18 story in The Advocate Thetitled “Death penalty cases face delays,” quoted Pete Adams, executive director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, making a factually incorrect statement about the American Bar Association.
Adams said that the ABA “is opposed to capital punishment.” In fact, the ABA has never taken a position on the death penalty itself. ABA has published both defense and prosecution guidelines that are intended to ensure fairness in all capital cases. The association’s policies, studies and the work of its nearly 400,000 members are directed at providing the necessary resources and expertise to judges, prosecutors and defense counsel so that our criminal justice system works with accuracy and justice for all.
Wm. T. “Bill” Robinson III, president
American Bar Association