The Beginning of the End for the Death Penalty in Louisiana?

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Gary Clements

Director of Capital Post-Conviction Project of La. (CPCPL)

Gary Clements has devoted the majority of his adult life to public interest work.  Before becoming licensed in 1992 by the Texas and Louisiana Bars, Mr. Clements was involved in labor relations as a union organizer and representative with the United Farm Workers of America and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  Since 1992, he has spent the majority of his 22-year legal career representing indigent clients on Louisiana’s death row.  A common thread runs through his diverse professional experiences: with persistence and devotion, he has found that he can win justice for his clients, despite opponents who command far superior economic resources. 
At Loyola New Orleans Law School, Mr. Clements was a founding member of the Public Interest Law Group which spearheaded the launching of the seventh loan forgiveness program at a law school by 1991. 
His legal work in capital defense began as a summer intern in 1990 financed by a public-interest-fund.  He helped build a constitutional challenge against the electric chair in Louisiana. Although that claim lost in federal court, Louisiana legislators voted to dump the electric chair in 1991 (although they briefly considered reviving it in the 2014 legislative session).  Gary spearheaded the legal challenge of lethal injection in Louisiana, first in state court litigation lasting from 1995 to 2011, and now, assisting others in federal civil rights litigation in the Middle District of Louisiana.  Mr. Clements has trained attorneys in Missouri, Virginia and elsewhere on how to develop effective Eight Amendment challenges to lethal injection.  This lethal injection challenge has contributed in great part to the scarcity of executions in Louisiana in recent times: Louisiana has executed only a single person (a volunteer who abandoned his appeals) in the last 12 years.            

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