Thursday, September 16, 2010
Office of Capital Writs
As I described in April, my office has been very involved in starting up the Office of Capital Writs created by SB 1091 last session, to represent condemned defendants in state habeas corpus proceedings under Art. 11.071, Code of Criminal Procedure. Director Brad Levenson has been appointed and is in Austin setting up the new agency. Judges are required by 11.071 to appoint the OCW to represent defendants sentenced to death on or after September 1, 2010 (unless OCW declines or is prohibited from representing, such as a conflict of interest because they represent another defendant in the same incident). We are working with OCW to create a webpage, and the office will have telephone service soon, at 512.463.8502. In the meantime those needing to contact Mr. Levenson may email to firstname.lastname@example.org.