News Releases ~ 2014

News Release ~ 09/16/2014
Senator Ted Stevens' Defense Attorney Releases Behind-the-Scenes Account of 2008 Trial and Unlawful Prosecution -- Washington, D.C. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Today, Rob Cary, a defense attorney for Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, released a new book – Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (NACDL Press/Thomson Reuters) – recounting the trial six years ago of a powerful senator. Read More

News Release ~ 09/12/2014
Community Discussion in Arlington, Va.: Alleviating the Collateral Damages of Arrest & Conviction -- Washington, DC (Sept. 12, 2014) -- On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) in conjunction with Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), and the George Mason University, will present a community discussion regarding the collateral consequences of arrest and conviction in Virginia and the United States. With more than one in four adults in the United States having some form of a criminal record, and more than 2.1 million people currently behind bars in the United States, more than any other nation in the world, the vast impact of the problem of collateral consequences and legal barriers to reentry is undeniable. Read More

News Release ~ 09/03/2014
Diane DePietropaolo Price Appointed Indigent Defense Training Manager for Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (September 3, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today announces the appointment of Diane DePietropaolo Price as indigent defense training manager. In this role, Ms. Price will support NACDL’s Indigent Defense Department and its broad efforts to support indigent defense providers across America. She will develop live and recorded trainings for public and private defenders who represent the indigent accused and will coordinate trainings in consultation with a national working group of public defense leaders and training experts. Read More

News Release ~ 08/22/2014
President of Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Calls for Federal Defender System Independence, and Voices Concern about Restrictions on the Participation of Federal Defenders in Historic Clemency Project -- Washington, DC (August 22, 2014) – Theodore Simon, President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), today delivered an important address to a conference of federal defenders and panel attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio, in which he expressed concern about the state of federal indigent defense. Read More

News Release ~ 08/21/2014c
In Landmark Decision, Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds Ethics Opinion Barring Plea Agreements Containing Waivers of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims -- Washington, DC (August 21, 2014) – In a landmark decision handed down today in U.S. v. Kentucky Bar Assn., the Supreme Court of Kentucky unanimously rejected a challenge by the federal government, by and through its federal prosecutors in that jurisdiction, to Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Opinion E-435, which states that the use of ineffective assistance of counsel (IAC) waivers in plea agreements violates Kentucky's Rules of Professional Conduct. Read More

News Release ~ 08/14/2014
Louisiana State Court Judge Orders Funding of Defense in Complex Case Involving Indigent Defendants In Order for Case to Proceed -- Washington, DC (August 14, 2014) – Relying heavily upon the federal and state constitutional right to counsel, earlier this week, a Louisiana State Court ordered the State of Louisiana to fund the defense of several indigent persons accused of criminal wrongdoing, including the cost of experts and investigators. The State of Louisiana's position is that it does not have funds to pay for the defense in this case. Read More

News Release ~ 08/04/2014b
Theodore "Ted" Simon Sworn in as 2014-15 President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Aug. 4, 2014) – Theodore "Ted" Simon was sworn in on Saturday, August 2, as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 57th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An NACDL member since 1979, Simon previously served the Association as its President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, First- and Second Vice President, as well as on the Association’s Board of Directors. He is also a Trustee of the Foundation for Criminal Justice and was Chair of the well-attended, highly-successful and inspirational 2014 Foundation for Criminal Justice Awards Dinner, which was held August 1, 2014 at the National Constitution Center. Read More

News Release ~ 08/04/2014
2014-15 Officers and Newly Elected Members of the Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting -- Washington, DC (August 4, 2014) -- NACDL installed its new officers and directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 2, 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 08/01/2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. Addresses Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar on Sentencing Reform -- Washington, DC (Aug. 1, 2014) – This morning, at the 57th Annual Meeting and Seminar of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and 13th Annual Conference of NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network Conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. delivered important remarks concerning criminal justice reform and the important role played by the criminal defense bar in ensuring the promise of a fairer and more humane criminal justice system. Read More

News Release ~ 07/31/2014b
Former National Co-Chair of NACDL's Amicus Curiae Committee Pamela Harris Confirmed by Senate to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit -- Washington, DC (July  31, 2014)  – The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Professor Pamela Harris, a former national co-chair of NACDL's Amicus Curiae Committee, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She had been nominated by President Barack Obama in May. A member of the NACDL from 2004, she also presented at multiple NACDL seminars. Harris, a visiting professor at Georgetown Law Center, previously served as Principal Deputy to the Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice from 2010 to 2012. Read More

News Release ~ 07/31/2014
Maureen Cain Awarded Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award by Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Philadelphia, PA (July 31, 2014) – Attorney Maureen Cain, Policy Director of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, was honored today by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' (NACDL) Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award at NACDL’s 13th Annual State Criminal Justice Network conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The award honors those whose exceptional efforts have led toward progressive reform of a state criminal justice system. Read More

News Release ~ 07/29/2014
Theodore “Ted” Simon to be Sworn in as 2014-15 President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (July 29, 2014) – Theodore “Ted” Simon will be sworn in on Saturday, August 2, as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 57th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An NACDL member since 1979, Simon previously served the Association as its President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, First and Second Vice President, as well as on the Association’s Board of Directors for eleven years. He is also a Trustee of the Foundation for Criminal Justice and Chair of the 2014 Foundation for Criminal Justice Awards Dinner occurring on August 1, 2014 at the National Constitution Center. Read More

News Release ~ 07/28/2014
Clemency Project 2014TM Receives More than 20,000 Prisoner Surveys -- WASHINGTON, DC (July 28, 2014) - Clemency Project 2014 is excited to announce that more than 20,000 federal prisoners have returned surveys seeking pro bono representation in the clemency process. Over the course of the next 30 days, the Project will begin to forward survey responses to trained lawyers who will help the Project assess whether they meet the Justice Department's clemency criteria and, if so, assist them in filing clemency petitions. Read More

News Release ~ 07/25/2014
NACDL Immediate Past President Steven D. Benjamin Testifies at Congressional Overcriminalization Task Force Hearing -- Washington, DC (July 25, 2014) – This morning, NACDL Immediate Past President Steven D. Benjamin testified on behalf of NACDL before the bipartisan House Judiciary Overcriminalization Task Force. The topic of the hearing was "The Crimes on the Books and Committee Jurisdiction." Read More

News Release ~ 07/24/2014b
NACDL Report Addresses Need to Maintain Privacy Protections for Digital Evidence -- Washington, DC (July 24, 2014) – In recent years, changing technologies have presented courts with the question of how to protect both citizens’ privacy right and satisfy the demands of law enforcement. What's Old is New Again: Retaining Fourth Amendment Protections in Warranted Digital Searches – a new white paper by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Fourth Amendment Advocacy Committee – addresses this important issue. Noting that while devices have changed, the Fourth Amendment has not, the report contends that the same Fourth Amendment protections governing traditional searches apply to digital searches. Read More

News Release ~ 07/24/2014
Another Grotesque Spectacle, this Time in Arizona, Demands Immediate End to the Death Penalty in America -- Washington, DC (July 24, 2014) – It is reported that yesterday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood by the State of Arizona took nearly two hours, with Wood gasping for more than an hour and a half after the lethal drugs were injected into him. According to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed this grotesque spectacle, shortly after the drugs were administered "the gasping began. Wood's jaw dropped, his chest expanded, and he let out a gasp. The gasps repeated every five to 12 seconds. They went on and on, hundreds of times. An administrator checked on him a half-dozen times. He could be heard snoring loudly when an administrator turned on a microphone to inform the gallery that Wood was still sedated, despite the audible sounds." Read More

News Release ~ 07/23/2014
Congressional Overcriminalization Task Force to Hold Hearing this Friday, July 25 -- Washington, DC (July 23, 2014) – This Friday, July 25, 2014, the bipartisan House Judiciary Overcriminalization Task Force will hold its tenth hearing. It will be held at 9:30 a.m. at 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. The topic of the hearing is "The Crimes on the Books and Committee Jurisdiction." The topics expected to be explored include the number and location of crimes in the federal code as well as the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee when it comes to the consideration of new federal criminal legislation. Read More

News Release ~ 07/22/2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to Speak at NACDL’s Annual Meeting -- Washington, DC (July 22, 2014) – NACDL is pleased to announce that U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will address attendees at NACDL's 57th Annual Meeting and Seminar and 13th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel Ballroom in Philadelphia at 10:00 a.m. In his remarks, the Attorney General is expected to address topical issues of interest to the criminal defense bar. Read More

News Release ~ 07/18/2014
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds U.S. Sentencing Commission Vote Cutting Federal Prison Terms for Drug Offenses -- Washington, DC (July 18, 2014) – This afternoon, the U.S. Sentencing Commission took a significant step, long urged by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and numerous allied organizations in the criminal justice community, to cut federal prison terms for drug offenses. The reform adopted today retroactively decreases the drug table set forth in U.S. Sentencing Guidelines §2D1.1 by two-offense levels across all drug types. In short, it means that, effective November 1 of this year, some 50,000 people currently incarcerated in the federal prison system for drug offenses could be eligible for a reduction of their sentence by an average of nearly two years, with releases beginning November 1, 2015. Read More

News Release ~ 07/09/2014
Longtime NACDL Member Cheryl Krause Confirmed by Senate to U.S. Court of Appeals -- Washington, DC (July  9, 2014)  – Philadelphia-based attorney Cheryl Krause was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday. She had been nominated by President Barack Obama in February. Ms. Krause, who was most recently a partner at the law firm Dechert LLP, was a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) from 2003, and served on the Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. Earlier in her career, Ms. Krause served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and Columbia Law Schools. Krause was also a clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. Read More

News Release ~ 06/26/2014b
NACDL Secretary Rick Jones Testifies at Congressional Overcriminalization Task Force Hearing on the Collateral Consequences of Arrest and Conviction -- Washington, DC (June 26, 2014) – The bipartisan Overcriminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee held its eighth hearing this morning. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Secretary Rick Jones, who is also the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and Co-Chair of NACDL's Task Force on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction, was one of two witnesses at the hearing. Read More

News Release ~ 06/26/2014
NACDL President Jerry J. Cox receives Kentucky Bar Association Distinguished Lawyer of the Year Award -- Washington, DC (June 26, 2014) – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) President Jerry J. Cox received the Kentucky Bar Association’s (KBA) Distinguished Lawyer of the Year Award during the Association's recent Annual Banquet at the Marriott at RiverCenter in Covington. Cox received the award as a part of the KBA's Annual Convention which drew 1,850 lawyers to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center June 18-20. Read More

News Release ~ 06/25/2014
The Fourth Amendment Lives Another Day: A Win for Digital Privacy in the U.S. Supreme Court -- Washington, DC (June 25, 2014) – In a single unanimous ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court held in both Riley v. California (13-132) and United States v. Wurie (13-212) that even in the context of an arrest, absent exigent circumstances, a warrant is required for police to search the contents of electronic devices like a cellphone or smartphone. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) President Jerry J. Cox said: "NACDL has long argued that a person’s Fourth Amendment rights do not disappear upon arrest. Today, the Court made this clear and rejuvenated the Fourth Amendment in the digital age. The Court has long held 'a man's home is his castle.' Now the castle is in your pocket." Read More

News Release ~ 06/23/2014
Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization to Hold Hearing on the Collateral Consequences of Arrest or Conviction this Thursday, June 26, 2014 MEDIA ALERT: Washington, DC (June 23, 2014) – The bipartisan Overcriminalization Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled its eighth hearing this Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 9:30 am at 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. The topic of this hearing is "Collateral Consequences." A link to the Judiciary Committee web page on which the witnesses’ written testimony will be posted, as well as a webcast of the hearing, is here. Read More

News Release ~ 06/12/2014
NACDL-Cardozo Law National Forensic College Advances Forensic Science Knowledge Among Public Defender Offices -- Washington, DC (June 12, 2014) – Public defenders from around the country, and other lawyers with training responsibilities, are gathering at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law from June 8 to 13, 2014, to train in the most current complex forensic science issues. With support from the Foundation for Criminal Justice, Cardozo Law and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) hosted the inaugural, first-of-its-kind NACDL-Cardozo Law National Forensic College (NFC), with an aim of significantly decreasing the number of people incarcerated via wrongful convictions. Read More

News Release ~ 05/29/2014
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Releases Major Report on the Consequences of Arrest and Conviction Affecting At Least 65 Million People in America; Focus is Roadmap to the Restoration of Rights and Status -- Washington, DC (May 29, 2014) – At an event this morning at the Open Society Foundations in Washington, DC, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is releasing a major new report -- Collateral Damage: America’s Failure to Forgive or Forget in the War on Crime – A Roadmap to Restore Rights and Status After Arrest or Conviction. With more than 65 million people in America having some form of a criminal record, the universality and import of the problem this nonpartisan report tackles is tremendous. Read More

News Release ~ 05/22/2014
MEDIA ALERT: Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar to Release Major Report on the Consequences of Arrest and Conviction Affecting At Least 65 Million People in America; Focus is Roadmap to the Restoration of Rights and Status Read More

News Release ~ 05/21/2014
Department of Justice Announces New Policy Concerning the Recording of Custodial Interrogations-- Washington, DC (May 21, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is greatly encouraged by the new DOJ policy, announced last week and effective July 11, 2014, creating a presumption in favor of recording custodial interrogations. For far too long, the nation’s federal law enforcement agencies have been behind the curve in terms of implementing this simple but critical and enormously beneficial practice. As detailed on NACDL’s newly-launched, web-based resource on recording interrogations, hundreds of jurisdictions across the country currently record interrogations as a matter of law or local policy. Read More

News Release ~ 05/09/2014b
Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Deplores Political Attacks on the Criminal Defense Function -- Washington, DC (May 9, 2014) – While the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) does not endorse or oppose any candidates for office in any branch of government, NACDL does strongly deplore attacks on any attorney, including candidates representing any political party or ideology, arising out of the attorney’s representation of clients in criminal matters. Most recently, this disgraceful line of attack has reared its head in the Arkansas Supreme Court race. There, it is being reported that a political action committee is launching an ad campaign that includes attacks on Tim Cullen, a candidate for the Arkansas Supreme Court, arising out of his appellate representation of a client, to which case he was appointed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. This comes on the heels of similar attacks in the South Carolina gubernatorial race and the debate surrounding the nomination of Debo Adegbile for the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice. Read More

News Release ~ 05/09/2014
Federal Defender Cynthia W. Roseberry Appointed Project Manager for Clemency Project 2014 -- Washington, DC (May 9, 2014) – Attorney Cynthia W. Roseberry, who is currently the Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc., was today appointed as the Project Manager for Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 05/08/2014
Seattle Defense Attorney Colette Tvedt Appointed Indigent Defense Director for Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (May 8, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today announces the appointment of Colette Tvedt as indigent defense training and policy director. She will begin at NACDL this June. Tvedt has devoted her career over the past 25 years to representing poor people accused of crimes. She spent 18 of those years as a public defender and the last seven in private practice with the Seattle law firm, Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, where she has continued to represent the indigent by court appointment in state and federal court, as well as serving without pay on the board of one of Seattle’s public defender providers. Read More

News Release ~ 05/06/2014
Cynthia Orr and Rick Jones to be Honored at Aug. 1, 2014, Foundation for Criminal Justice Gala Celebration in Philadelphia, Pa. -- Washington, DC (May 6, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is pleased to announce that President Jerry J. Cox has today selected Cynthia Orr and Rick Jones to receive two of the Association's most prestigious honors. Cynthia Orr will receive the Robert C. Heeney Award and Rick Jones has been selected as this year's recipient of the Champion of Justice Award. Both Orr and Jones will be presented with the award on August 1, 2014, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the Foundation for Criminal Justice’s gala Celebrating Liberty’s Last Champions™: Guardians of the Constitution. Read More

News Release ~ 04/30/2014b
NACDL Launches Compendium on Electronic Recording of Interrogations -- Washington, DC (April 30, 2014) – NACDL is today excited to announce the launch of a new online compendium on electronic recording of custodial interrogations. This new resource aims to assist lawyers, advocates and members of the public interested in the electronic recording of interrogations. The compendium was compiled by NACDL member Thomas Sullivan, partner at the law firm Jenner & Block in Chicago, Illinois. Read More

News Release ~ 04/30/2014
Grotesque Spectacle in Oklahoma Demands Immediate End to the Death Penalty in America -- Washington, DC (April 30, 2014) – It is reported that last night Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack some 43 minutes following the State of Oklahoma administering its first injection, and after Lockett's vein "exploded" and observers reported he remained conscious and even attempted to speak. This grotesque spectacle prompted Oklahoma authorities to suspend a second planned execution last night. It should prompt all U.S. jurisdictions that have yet to end the death penalty to do immediately and permanently. Read More

News Release ~ 04/29/2014
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Deplores Political Attacks on the Criminal Defense Function -- Washington, DC (April 29, 2014) – While the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) does not endorse or oppose any political candidates, NACDL does strongly deplore attacks on any attorney, including political candidates representing any political party or ideology, arising out of the attorney’s representation of clients in criminal matters. Most recently, this disgraceful line of attack has reared its head in the South Carolina gubernatorial race. There, reported statements by current Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore, and now a second round of television advertisements sponsored by the Republican Governors Association, do precisely that. Read More

News Release ~ 04/28/2014
SCOTUS to Hear Fishy Case; Will Examine Use of post-Enron Law in Prosecution of Fisherman -- Washington, DC (April 28, 2014) – Today, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case highlighting the dangerous consequences stemming from the unconstitutional executive expansion of the federal law. In Yates v. United States, the government used a post-Enron anti-shredding statute to prosecute a fisherman for the disappearance of three fish from his shipping vessel. Read More

News Release ~ 04/24/2014
Cellphone Privacy and the Fourth Amendment at the Supreme Court -- Washington, DC (April 24, 2014) – Next Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in two important cases related to law enforcement searches of cellphones incident to arrest and the Fourth Amendment. The first case, United States v. Wurie, asks if police, without obtaining a warrant, should be allowed to review an arrestee’s cellphone call log. The second case, Riley v. California, focuses on the admissibility of evidence seized through the search of an arrestee’s Smartphone without a warrant. Read More

News Release ~ 04/23/2014
Clemency Project 2014 Praises Justice Department for Breathing New Life Into Clemency Process -- Washington, DC (April 23, 2014) – Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today a new set of criteria the Justice Department and White House will use when considering clemency petitions from federal prisoners. The new criteria will help the Justice Department identify federal prisoners who, if sentenced today under current sentencing laws and policies, would likely have received a substantially lower sentence. Clemency Project 2014, a working group composed of the Federal Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as individuals active within those organizations, wholeheartedly supports Cole’s announcement and the Justice Department's plans to restore the integrity of the clemency process. Read More

News Release ~ 04/22/2014
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar to Play Critical Role in Clemency Project 2014 -- Washington, DC (April 22, 2014) - On January 30, 2014, the United States Department of Justice announced an ambitious program to provide clemency for certain federal inmates serving long sentences for certain non-violent crimes. In a speech delivered on that day, Deputy Attorney General James Cole called upon the nation's bar to assist potential candidates in assembling effective, appropriate and focused commutation petitions for consideration by the Department of Justice and President Obama. Read More

News Release ~ 04/11/2014
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Welcomes U.S. Sentencing Commission Vote to Reduce Drug Trafficking Sentences -- Washington, DC (April 11, 2014) - Yesterday, the U.S. Sentencing Commission took another step toward making federal drug sentences more reasonable. The agency approved an amendment that would reduce the guidelines level for most drug offenses by two levels, amounting to an 11-month sentence reduction on average. NACDL applauds the Commission’s action and urges Congress not to obstruct this modest, incremental reduction. Unless Congress rejects the "drugs-minus-2" amendment, which was approved as part of a larger package of amendments, the change would go into effect November 1, 2014. While the lower offense levels would apply only prospectively, the Commission yesterday asked for public comment on whether this change should be made retroactive. NACDL strongly supported the original amendment in its comprehensive comments, and intends to file comments supporting retroactivity. Read More

News Release ~ 03/27/2014
Congressional Overcriminalization Task Force Holds Hearing on Overfederalization of Criminal Law - Washington, DC (March 27, 2014) -- This morning, the bipartisan House Judiciary Overcriminalization Task Force held its second hearing of 2014, and the subject was "Overfederalization." Read More

News Release ~ 03/24/2014
Noted defense attorneys John Keker, Jan Nielsen Little receive White Collar Criminal Defense Award from NACDL, Stetson Law - Washington, DC (March 24, 2014) -- On Saturday, March 22, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) presented both John Keker and Jan Nielsen Little with the 2014 White Collar Criminal Defense Award at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Keker and Little received their awards during NACDL’s White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson. The White Collar Criminal Defense Award is presented annually to individuals who have made a profound impact on the field of white collar criminal defense advocacy. Read More

News Release ~ 03/18/2014
Redefining Indigence: Comprehensive National Report Reveals How States Decide Who is “Too Poor” to Hire a Lawyer -- Washington, DC (March 18, 2014) -- Marking the 51st anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today released a report revealing various ways states restrict access to counsel. In particular, states do so by applying unrealistic eligibility guidelines and imposing myriad fees when people are deemed eligible for assigned counsel. Prepared by NACDL’s Indigent Defense Counsel John Gross, Redefining Indigence: Financial Eligibility Guidelines for Assigned Counsel documents how the widely-held belief that if you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided to you free of charge is simply not true. This report serves as a stark reminder that much work remains to secure the meaningful protection of Americans' Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Read More

News Release ~ 03/13/2014
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Joins Letter to U.S. Senators Concerning Attacks on DOJ Civil Rights Division Nominee Debo Adegbile -- Washington, DC (March 13, 2014) – While the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) does not take positions on political nominees, NACDL does strongly deplore attacks on any attorney, including political nominees, arising out of the attorney’s representation of a client in a criminal matter. That, however, is precisely what happened in the case of Debo Adegbile, who was nominated for the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice. NACDL today joined with the National Lawyers Guild, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and numerous other legal organizations to express profound disappointment in the attacks on Mr. Adegbile predicated on his appellate representation of former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. Read More

News Release ~ 03/06/2014
Manuel D. Vargas, Senior Counsel at the Immigrant Defense Project, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (March 6, 2014) – This morning, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) presented Manuel D. Vargas, senior counsel at the Immigrant Defense Project, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by NACDL President Jerry J. Cox at the opening of NACDL’s 2014 Midwinter Seminar & Meeting, which is devoted entirely to the subject of the collateral consequences of conviction. Read More

News Release ~ 02/28/2014
Reauthorized Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization Holds Hearing on Criminal Code Reform -- Washington, DC (Feb. 28, 2014) On February 5, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee adopted a resolution reauthorizing the bipartisan Overcriminalization Task Force for an additional six months, through August 5, 2014. This morning, the reauthorized Task Force held its first hearing of 2014, and the subject was "Criminal Code Reform." Read More

News Release ~ 02/27/2014
Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Releases Video Series for Journalists Covering Criminal Justice -- Washington, DC (Feb. 27, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today released a new series of tutorial videos aimed at assisting journalists interested in covering the criminal justice system. Criminal Justice and the Media is a three-part series exploring how journalists can effectively inform the public on what is one of the most important, dynamic and omnipresent forces in American society. Some of the finest journalists in the country joined with NACDL to create this exciting series; detailed biographies for each of the presenters are available here. Read More

News Release ~ 02/21/2014
DOJ Opposes Legislating Discovery Reform but Declines to Disclose Its Own Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book; Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Filed Federal Suit Today -- Washington, DC (Feb. 21, 2014) – In response to the public furor over the "egregious misconduct" by Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors in the case of the late Senator Ted Stevens, whose conviction was vacated after post-trial investigations revealed that prosecutors had withheld significant exculpatory evidence from the defense, DOJ’s Office of Legal Education published, but has not made available to the public, a text referred to as the Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book. In December 2012, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the DOJ seeking the disclosure of the Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book, which was denied in February 2013, purportedly on various privilege-based and law enforcement grounds. NACDL appealed that denial in April 2013, and was denied again in June 2013. Read More

News Release ~ 02/05/2014
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Reauthorization of Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization -- Washington, DC (Feb. 5, 2014) – Today, the House Judiciary Committee adopted a resolution reauthorizing the bipartisan Overcriminalization Task Force for an additional six months, through August 5, 2014. According to a press release issued by the House Judiciary Committee, the Task Force will continue to be evenly comprised of Democratic and Republican Members of Congress. The Task Force is led by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Read More

News Release ~ 02/03/2014
Noted defense attorneys John Keker and Jan Nielsen Little to receive White Collar Criminal Defense Award from NACDL, Stetson Law, in March -- Washington, DC (Feb. 3, 2014) — The winners of the 2014 White Collar Criminal Defense Award will be presented in March at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Notable litigators John Keker and Jan Nielsen Little, whose high-profile clients include former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow, Mississippi plantiffs’ attorney Dickie Scruggs, and investment banker Frank Quattrone, will receive the award during the NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson on March 22. Read More

News Release ~ 01/27/2014
Unanimous Supreme Court Applies Rule of Lenity; Reverses a 20-Year Mandatory Sentencing Enhancement for Sale of One Gram of Heroin -- Washington, DC (January 27, 2014)—Today, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court issued an important criminal law ruling in the case of Burrage v. United States by applying the rule of lenity – a rule of statutory construction that resolves ambiguities in the language of a law in favor of the defendant. Reversing the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court held that to apply the 20-year minimum sentencing enhancement in §841(b)(1)(C) to someone convicted of selling certain substances to a user who then dies, "at least where use of the drug distributed by the defendant is not an independently sufficient cause of the victim’s death or serious bodily injury[,]" the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that "but for" the use of that particular substance, the user of the drug would be alive. In this case, Mr. Burrage had sold one gram of heroin to someone who, according to toxicology reports introduced at trial, had a cocktail of multiple drugs in his system. The government had secured the now-reversed sentencing enhancement in the lower court through argument and a jury instruction that it is enough under the statute – the plain language of which requires that the "death … result[ed] from the use of such substance" -- to prove that the substance sold by the defendant was a "contributing cause" of the user’s death. The Supreme Court unanimously disagreed. Today’s decision in Burrage v. United States is available here. Read More

News Release ~ 01/17/2014
President Takes A Pass on Ending Mass Data Collection -- Washington, DC (January 17, 2014) - Today, President Obama made a long-awaited speech on surveillance reform proposals. Unfortunately, the President chose to defer to Congress on key components of the most significant known program in need of reform—the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone metadata. Nothing the President said today indicated that the wholesale collection of this information is to be brought to an end. Read More

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