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David P. Hoose, the recipient of this year’s Clarence Darrow Award, which he will receive at the commemoration of the Sacco and Vanzetti executions on Aug. 23, is no stranger to capital cases.

Hoose was one of the defense lawyers for Kristen Gilbert, a former nurse at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, who was convicted of first degree murder in 2001 for killing patients at the VA hospital. Because the hospital is a federal facility, the federal death penalty was in play. Massachusetts abolished the death penalty in 1972.

The federal jury that found Gilbert guilty of murder did not sentence her to death but to life in prison.

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