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Ohio Inter-Jurisdictional Initiative for Capital Case Litigation Training for Prosecuting Attorneys

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Cuyahoga County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $50,000)

The purpose of the Capital Case Litigation Initiative (CCLI) is to provide high-quality training and technical assistance on death penalty issues to judges and attorneys who litigate death penalty cases. This program focuses on ensuring quality representation and reliable jury verdicts. The goals of CCLI are to increase the number of capital litigation attorneys trained in death penalty cases, and to ensure that defense counsel, prosecutors, and judges have the most up-to-date and comprehensive information available to them on death penalty litigation.

To address the need for comprehensive, inter-jurisdictional capital litigation training, the Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (CCPAO) will use grant funds to sponsor a comprehensive, two-day training conference exclusively related to capital cases, procedures and strategies. The Ohio Capital Case Litigation Initiative (CCLI) is a state-wide project created for experienced assistant prosecutors across the 88 counties in Ohio, as well as Deputy Attorneys practicing in the Capital Crimes Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The Ohio CCLI will assist 200 Ohio prosecuting and state attorneys with the development and implementation of promising practices, model policies and protocols regarding complex capital litigation issues. This training will provide prosecutors proven strategies for pretrial preparation and effective prosecution resulting in a higher standard for death penalty cases, and increased public trust and confidence in the justice system.

A team of ten trainers will serve as advisors to the Ohio CCLI and review the curricula adopted for Ohio law. Grant funds will be used to support a project coordinator, who will develop an Ohio CCLI training manual and recruit capital litigation experts to serve as curriculum advisors and presenters for the training. CCPAO will also fund an information technology project manager who will develop a CCLI training website. The remaining funds will be used for supplies and the trainers' fees.


Date Created: July 9, 2007