Federal Capital Prosecutions

At the outset of every federal capital prosecution, as required by 18 U.S.C. § 3005, courts shall appoint two attorneys, at least one of whom is experienced in and knowledgeable about the defense of capital cases. More than two attorneys may be appointed to represent a defendant in a capital case in exceptional circumstances where good cause is shown. [Guide, Vol. 7, § 620.10.10]

Capital Habeas Corpus Proceedings

For capital habeas corpus proceedings, a financially eligible person seeking to vacate or set aside a death sentence in proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or 28 U.S.C. § 2255 is entitled, under 18 U.S.C. § 3599(a)(2), to appointment of one or more qualified attorneys. Due to the complex, demanding, and protracted nature of death penalty proceedings, judicial officers should consider appointing at least two attorneys. [Guide, Vol. 7, § 620.10.20]