Defense in Polly Klaas Case Says: It's Like Representing Quasimodo

Miranda rights and trial location likely to be two key issues as solo goes before Calif. Supreme Court to try to get death penalty dismissed

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Philip Cherney has the unenviable task of going before the California Supreme Court this week to plead for the life of ignominious death row inmate Richard Allen Davis, who made national headlines after abducting and murdering 12-year-old Polly Klaas in 1993. Cherney knows he has his work cut out for him, noting in court papers that Davis is "one of the most reviled defendants" in recent history. But Cherney, who says he's never had a client sentenced to death in five capital cases at trial, isn't daunted.

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