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Capital Punishment in New York State: Statistics from Eight Years of Representation (1995 - 2003)
Section 35-b of the Judiciary Law sets forth the procedures for obtaining legal representation in capital cases. If a trial judge determines a defendant is unable to afford counsel, two qualified attorneys can be appointed to represent the defendant. These attorneys, called 35-b attorneys after the Judiciary Law, must meet standards set by the New York Court of Appeals.