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NACDL News: Report Underscores Why America Must Never Again Engage in Torture

On Dec. 9, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a heavily redacted 500-plus page executive summary of a several thousand-page report that was five years in the making. In it, the committee details, among other things, that (1) conduct amounting to torture was in fact carried out by the CIA, (2) the techniques were not effective and indeed often resulted in fabricated information, and (3) significant information about the program provided by the CIA to both Executive and Legislative Branch officials, as well as the public and the media, was misleading, including concerning its degree of brutality.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Supports ‘90 Million Strong Campaign’ Against the Death Penalty

At an event on Dec. 9, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., NACDL officially joined in the launch of the “90 Million Strong Campaign” against the death penalty in America. Organized by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP), the campaign’s goal is to bring together the millions of Americans who believe the death penalty is wrong, but who have not yet taken action to abolish it. The campaign seeks to build upon the growing momentum away from capital punishment — 31 states and the District of Columbia either do not have the death penalty or have not executed an individual in the past five years, and six states have abolished the death penalty over the past decade.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Announces New Initiatives in the Aftermath Of Recent Police Killings

For many years, NACDL has been concerned about the integrity of the grand jury process and the overwhelming influence of prosecutors over that process and its outcomes. Two recent cases in which unarmed black men (Michael Brown and Eric Garner) were killed by law enforcement officers brought NACDL’s concerns back to the forefront. A report issued by NACDL in 2011 identified a core problem of the modern American grand jury system: Grand jurors’ independent exercise of their powers “is frequently superseded by prosecutorial influence, leading some to suggest that while the modern grand jury technically remains an independent body … as a practical matter, it relies heavily on the prosecutor to secure evidence and give the jurors legal advice.” Building upon NACDL’s leading role in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system, on Dec. 10, 2014, NACDL President Theodore Simon announced plans for a publicly broadcast webinar on grand jury practice in America.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Supreme Court Hears Argument In Yates; Examines Use of Post-Enron Law in Prosecution of Fisherman

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Nov. 5, 2014, in Yates v. United States (13-7451), a case highlighting the dangerous consequences stemming from the unconstitutional executive expansion of the federal law. In Yates, the government used a post-Enron anti-shredding statute to prosecute a fisherman for the disappearance of three fish from his shipping vessel.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Jumana Musa Appointed Senior Privacy and National Security Counsel for Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

In early November, NACDL announced the appointment of Jumana Musa as Senior Privacy and National Security Counsel. She will assume responsibility for NACDL’s important work both to protect Fourth Amendment rights and to limit government overreach under the rubric of national security. Ms. Musa has devoted the past 11 years to working on issues related to human rights, national security, policing, and racial profiling.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Groundbreaking Study Documents How Courts Are Impeding Fair Disclosure In Criminal Cases
On Nov. 17, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., NACDL released its latest report, Material Indifference: How Courts Are Impeding Fair Disclosure in Criminal Cases, a major study produced jointly with the VERITAS Initiative at Santa Clara Law School. The event featured comments by NACDL President Theodore Simon, NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer (who also moderated the event), and special guests David W. Ogden, former deputy attorney general who is now a partner at the WilmerHale firm, and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The report’s co-authors — VERITAS Initiative Director and Professor Kathleen “Cookie” Ridolfi, NACDL White Collar Crime Policy Counsel Tiffany M. Joslyn, and VERITAS Initiative Pro Bono Research Attorney Todd H. Fries — also discussed their findings and recommendations.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Defending Public Corruption Cases
Attorneys gathered in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5-6 for NACDL’s 10th annual white collar seminar.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Clemency Project 2014TM Underway And Reviewing Thousands Of Federal Prisoner Applications

More than 25,000 prisoners have submitted applications to Clemency Project 2014TM as the first step in their effort to participate in the Justice Department’s new clemency initiative. Over 1,500 attorneys have answered the call to assist the Project by taking on cases pro bono.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Polarizing Issues Are Focus Of ‘Under Siege’ Webcast
October 16, 2014 — Implicit bias, disparate sentencing policies, and the overpolicing of minority and poor communities were among the topics discussed during NACDL’s webcast Under Siege: The Defense Bar Examines Police Militarization, Ethnic & Racial Dynamics of Sentencing, and Their Impact on Criminal Justice Outcomes.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in October 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: New York State Settles Hurrell-Harring Indigent Defense Challenge

Parties in Hurrell-Harring et al. v. New York, a class action brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union challenging systemic deficiencies in the indigent defense services in several New York counties, settled on Oct. 21, 2014. While the settlement applies to only five of the 57 New York counties, it can be used as a blueprint by other counties in New York to meet the obligation to provide adequate representation to indigent defendants statewide. Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the federal government, filed a Statement of Interest in the litigation that, while not taking a position on the merits of plaintiffs’ claims, declared that the right to counsel “is so fundamental to the operation of the criminal justice system that its diminishment erodes the principles of liberty and justice that underpin all of our civil rights in criminal proceedings.”

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in October 2014
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