A financially eligible defendant indicted for a capital crime is entitled under 18 U.S.C. § 3005 to appointment of two attorneys, even if the government is not seeking the death penalty. United States v. Boone, 245 F.3d 352 (4th Cir. 2001).
A financially eligible person seeking to vacate or set aside a death sentence in proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or § 2255 is entitled to appointment of one or more qualified attorneys. 18 U.S.C. § 3599(a)(2). Due to the complex, demanding, and protracted nature of death penalty proceedings, judicial officers should consider appointing at least two attorneys. 7 Guide to Judiciary Policy § 620.10.20.
In addition, appointed counsel may, with prior court authorization, use the services of attorneys who work in association with them, provided that the employment of such additional counsel (at a reduced hourly rate) diminishes the total cost of representation or is required to meet time limits. 7 Guide to Judiciary Policy § 620.10.20.