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May 29, 2009

"New Casey Anthony attorney is death-penalty expert"

The title of this post is the headline of this local article providing some interesting sentencing-related news in a high-profile murder case.  Here are the particulars:

The newest attorney to join Casey Anthony's defense team is a death-penalty expert from Chicago who has tried more than 130 homicide cases, her legal team announced today. Professor Andrea D. Lyon is a clinical professor of law at the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she also directs the law school's Center for Justice in Capital Cases, according to a news release.

"Professor Lyon has tried over 130 homicide cases. A former Cook County Public Defender in Illinois, she served as chief of the public defender's homicide task force," the statement said. "In 1990 she founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1995."

Anthony's defense team needed to bring on a new attorney because her lead attorney, Jose Baez, is not qualified to try death-penalty cases under state law.

According to a profile published in the Chicago Lawyer magazine in August 2007, Lyon had a perfect record of winning life sentences in each of the capital cases she's taken through the penalty phase, which at that time was 19.

In the magazine profile, Lyon described herself as a "'naturally dramatic person.'" Lyon noted a death-penalty case she tried in which the prosecution filed a motion to preclude her from crying in front of the jury, and also from making the jury cry.

Lyon said she sees the death penalty as a "'failed program,'" the article said. "'It does not deter crime. It costs more, not less,'" Lyon was quoted as saying. "'It doesn't do any of the things it promises to do. If it brought people back to life, I could see the point of it. If it could fix something, I could see the point of it. But it doesn't fix anything. It just makes us all more barbarous.'"

Lyon has a book slated to be published in January titled "Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer," according to her Web site. "This is my story -- the story of the first woman in the nation to serve as lead attorney on a death penalty case. And it is also the story of my clients -- their lives, not just the acts they were charged with," the Web site states.

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I bear none of the "titles" you list above...I hold a master's degree in psychology, so I guess one could say I am a "psychologist"..however, the most important "title" I bear is that I am a Christian who, I might humbly add, bears the "mark" that Christ said would so define us as one..which is that one, because he is united to Him, is a vessel of His brand of love which is capable of loving the "sinner" while, concomitant-ly, hating the sinner's "sin"...Tragically, I have found very few extending this kind of love to Casey Anthony which is why I, for one, am thrilled that she has someone like Andrea Lyon to defend her and your statements in your above article...about how Andrea feels about the sense-lessness of the death penalty...re-choe exactly how I feel and it meant so much to me to "hear" that someone else feels the way I do because I have felt like I have been crying to deaf ears when it comes to my stating what you write about what she has said in your above article...I was planning on writing to Andrea even before I read your article..to express to her how vehemently I have felt about the fact that Casey not get the death penalty and your stating what you did, in your above article, has given me more confidence that she will "hear" my cry for Casey because, if you've read some of what the other bloggers have written, not too many share the way I feel...I am appalled to think that any Christian would write comments like I've read...like "I hope Casey burns in hell" because our Lord does not hope that for Casey...in fact, if she were the only person on earth, He would still have she His blood so that she would NOT spend an eternity in hell. It is easy to love a Calee, but it is not so easy to love a Casey...which is why it is loving a Casey that bears witness to the fact that one is a Christian, NOT loving a Calee...be-cause even the "world" can love a Calee! Anyway, while, already, there are many who are criticizing
Andrea Ryon for taking this case, I, for one, commend her for doing so!!!!!!!

Posted by: Kay DeWitt | May 29, 2009 7:16:53 PM

I think the above comment is the truth. Its very easy to hate a Casey, and love a Caylee. You always has to look at if the shoe was on the other foot

Posted by: Bail Bondsman in Orlando FL | May 30, 2009 8:55:32 AM

Kay DeWitt,

You do realise that it was God who instituted the death penalty - right?

There's Love and then there's Justice.

If she intentionaly killed her child, the death penalty is warranted.

Posted by: sem | Jun 4, 2009 8:34:44 AM

The death penalty is the ultimate denial of civil liberties

Posted by: bond investigator | Aug 8, 2009 8:57:43 PM

if they do the b-p they r killing a person to so what makes them kill her its wroung. thats my story and im sting to

Posted by: ryan isenberg | Jun 21, 2010 2:57:00 PM

god is not for the d-p god said dont kill our own ppl

Posted by: ryan isenberg | Jun 21, 2010 2:59:43 PM

i dont hate casey shes had a bad life her dad was a cop her mom is a crazy women

Posted by: ryan isenberg | Jun 21, 2010 3:03:44 PM

kay u r crazy god did not want tohe d-p becauose its haid in the bible should not kill right well there going to kill her she should get life in proison not the sorry my spelling is bade i know but the no one should get the d-p becaouse its the same as killing someone that my story and my sting to it

Posted by: ryan isenberg | Jun 21, 2010 3:10:44 PM

shes doing her job i think that is not the blaem i think her mom and dad r the blaem beause her mom was going to take the girl from her

Posted by: ryan isenberg | Jun 21, 2010 3:19:51 PM

wow, she is a really professional person... and that's admirable.
I'm in shock, I don't know how she can do that job, I probably would sit down and cry!!!

Posted by: Metro Ethernet | Apr 16, 2011 11:42:36 AM

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