DEATH PENALTY MITIGATION SPECIALIST
Bill Clutter conducts mitigation investigation in preparing attorneys for the sentencing phase of capital cases. ABA Guideline 4.1 requires the appointment of a mitigation specialist on all capital defense teams.
According to the U.S. Supreme Court, "It is the duty of a lawyer to conduct a prompt investigation of the circumstances of the case and to explore all avenues leading to facts relevant to the merits of the case and the penalty in the event of conviction." Rompilla v Beard, S.Ct., 2005 WL 1421390 (U.S.2005)
Bill Clutter specializes in post-conviction capital investigations. He conducted the post-conviction investigation that led to the reversal of Randy Steidl's death sentence in 1998 in Illinois, and Clutter's investigation ultimately led to Randy's release from prison in 2004. Since his release, Randy Steidl has become an advocate for the abolition of the death penalty as a national speaker for Witness to Innocence, an organization of former death row exonerees who speak out against the death penalty. Steidl, pictured below, was instrumental in persuading lawmakers to abolish the death penatly in Illinois in 2011. Bill Clutter (right) was with Randy at the state capitol in Springfield when the Senate voted to abolish the death penalty.