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<script type="text/javascript" src="/trusted/warnings/display.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript">displayWarning('error');</script> <div id="container"> <div id="content" role="main"> <div id="nav-above" class="navigation"> <div class="nav-previous"><a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/2013/05/14/interrogation-what-police-consider-fair-for-themselves/" rel="prev"><span class="meta-nav">←</span> INTERROGATION – WHAT POLICE CONSIDER FAIR FOR THEMSELVES</a></div> <div class="nav-next"><a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/2013/05/30/palm-beach-county-dui-first-offender-program/" rel="next">PALM BEACH COUNTY DUI FIRST OFFENDER PROGRAM <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a></div> </div><!-- #nav-above --> <div id="post-104" class="post-104 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-uncategorized"> <h1 class="entry-title">Death Penalty – Criminal Defense Lawyers – William Van Poyck</h1> <div class="entry-meta"> <span class="meta-prep meta-prep-author">Posted on</span> <a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/2013/05/20/death-penalty-criminal-defense-lawyers-william-van-poyck/" title="1:50 pm" rel="bookmark"><span class="entry-date">May 20, 2013</span></a> <span class="meta-sep">by</span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/author/steven-gomberg/" title="View all posts by Steven Gomberg">Steven Gomberg</a></span> </div><!-- .entry-meta --> <div class="entry-content"> <p> Here in West Palm Beach we are witnessing a somewhat bizarre spectacle of a court trying to force reluctant lawyers to represent a death row inmate, William Van Poyck, so that the State can kill him as scheduled on June 12. Although Mr. Van Poyck may well deserve his punishment, the three lawyers recently ordered to abandon whatever they were doing with their time, and do whatever is necessary to legally object to the imposition of the ultimate punishment is not a matter to be taken lightly.</p> <p> Years ago, when the Federal and many State legislatures began passing mandatory minimum sentences and stiffening criminal punishment by various guideline schemes, there were a vocal group of criminal defense attorneys who said they would no longer practice criminal law if they were reduced to mere props standing next to their clients in a courtroom so that some legislatively mandated (and often overly harsh) prison term could be imposed on them in compliance with the fifth amendment right to counsel.</p> <p> I am reminded of this with the van poyck matter. We are less concerned about the quality of representation he receives or the professional dignity and freedom of the lawyers ordered to his aid, than we are with giving him the appearance of due process right up to the end.</p> <p> Gomberglaw = criminal law<br /> 561-471-8100<br /> gomberglaw@comcast.net</p> </div><!-- .entry-content --> <div class="entry-utility"> This entry was posted in <a href="http://www.criminal-attorneywestpalmbeach.com/blog/category/uncategorized/" rel="category tag">Uncategorized</a>. 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