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Ala. attorney questions death penalty in new book


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama defense attorney who has worked on more than 60 capital murder cases has written a new book questioning what he calls flaws in the death penalty.

Among his past clients was Eric Rudolph, who bombed an abortion clinic in Birmingham in 1998 and an Atlanta park during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Richard Jaffe details many of the cases in his long career and says he hopes it will invite people to question the death penalty system.

In "Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned," Jaffe details what he sees as recurring problems with death penalty litigation: Unqualified lawyers handling complex capital issues; a system that doesn't provide enough money for the defense to investigate cases and hire experts; and the arbitrary nature of death sentences.

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