Criminal Justice Books
THE HABEAS CITEBOOK: INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL (2ND EDITION)
Paperback, 275 pages. Written by Brandon Sample and Alissa Hull
Prison Legal News Publishing (2016). ISBN 978-0-9819385-4-7
The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel is a neatly-organized resource designed to assist litigants in advancing claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, the most common claim presented in post-conviction, habeas corpus proceedings. Citing cases from the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts, both published and unpublished, The Habeas Citebook breaks down ineffective assistance of counsel cases into 40 categories. From cases describing lawyers failing to investigate a defense, to conflicts of interests and misadvise on appeal, The Habeas Citebook is an essential resource for those examining former counsel’s performance, as well as for the formulation of well-supported claims of ineffective assistance.
The Habeas Citebook also contains extensive resource information for the prisoner putting together a habeas petition or other collateral attack on their conviction, including various rules and procedural codes in their entirety, sample briefs, and informed advice on procedural matters.
As one would expect from a text published by Prison Legal News, The Habeas Citebook is a quality, well-researched resource for both prisoners and attorneys alike.
PARDONS AND COMMUTATIONS OF SENTENCES: THE COMPLETE GUIDEBOOK TO APPLYING FOR CLEMENCY
Paperback, 259 pages. Written by David L. Mathis and Brandon Sample, Esq.
Prisology Press (2019). ISBN 978-1797428079
The President of the United States and the Governor of each state are empowered to grant pardons and commutations. A pardon can eliminate the collateral consequences of a conviction. A commutation can reduce the length of a sentence. In general, a pardon is sought after release from prison. A commutation, on the other hand, is used by prisoners to lessen their sentence. This easy-to-read guidebook is designed to assist individuals who want to apply for a pardon or commutation of sentence. The guidebook gives practical information about the process for applying for clemency, what to include in your petition, and provides answers about executive clemency in general. The guidebook is a “must have” for any individual who wants to navigate the complex process of applying for a pardon or commutation of sentence.