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NACDL News: Sentencing Reform Legislation Advances in Both House and Senate
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) is moving rapidly in the Senate with its advancement in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 22, 2015, by a 15-5 vote. This bipartisan legislation would reduce certain mandatory minimum sentences, expand opportunities to avoid mandatory minimums, and make the 2010 crack sentencing reductions retroactive, while at the same time create two new mandatory minimum sentences and expand the application of others. The bill also includes provisions relating to re-entry, compassionate release, and juvenile justice. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on October 19th where it heard testimony from nine witnesses, including Deputy Attorney General Yates and representatives from the NAACP, Prison Fellowship Ministries, The Sentencing Project, the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, the Manhattan Institute, and a formally incarcerated individual. The legislation now moves to the Senate floor. Several Judiciary Committee leaders and members introduced a narrower House version (H.R. 3713) on Oct. 8, and it was passed by the House Judiciary Committee by voice vote on Nov. 18.
By Monica Reid in December 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL President E.G. ‘Gerry’ Morris Testifies Before Criminal Justice Act Review Committee
On Nov. 17, 2015, NACDL President E.G. “Gerry” Morris testified on behalf of the Association at a public hearing of the Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program of the Judicial Conference of the United States in Santa Fe, N.M.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2015
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NACDL News: Mens Rea Legislation Introduced In House and Senate
On Nov. 16, 2015, bipartisan leadership from the House Judiciary Committee and House Crime Subcommittee introduced important legislation to address the erosion in the criminal intent, or mens rea, requirement in federal criminal law, legislation which on Nov. 18 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous voice vote. Since at least 2009, as evidenced by the House Crime Subcommittee’s first hearing on the “Over-criminalization and Over-federalization of Criminal Law,” Members have been interested in the importance that criminal intent requirements play in a fair and rational criminal justice system.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2015
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NACDL News: Lower Court Dismisses Lawsuit to Stop Mass Government Surveillance
A federal district court in Maryland on Oct. 23, 2015, granted a motion by the government to dismiss Wikimedia, et al. v. NSA, a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of several organizations, including NACDL. The lawsuit challenges the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass interception and searching of Americans’ international Internet communications. The court held that the group of plaintiffs had not made plausible allegations that their communications were, in fact, being monitored by the NSA.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2015
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NACDL News: Hon. John Gleeson Receives Defense Bar’s Judicial Recognition Award
United States District Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York received the prestigious Judicial Recognition Award on Oct. 22, 2015, from NACDL at the Association’s 11th annual white collar seminar and fall board meeting at Fordham University School of Law. NACDL presents its Judicial Recognition Award to acknowledge judges who demonstrate a continuing dedication to protecting democratic principles and the fundamental rights of individuals within American society.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2015
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NACDL News: BJA Commences Right To Counsel Campaign
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta delivers the keynote address at the Nov. 10, 2015, launch of the Bureau of Justice Assistance-led “Right to Counsel National Campaign,” an initiative that brings together a consortium of justice system stakeholders who will address the challenges faced in providing adequate public defense services to defendants unable to afford an attorney. “The right to counsel embodies our nation’s founding ideal that justice must remain immune from the inequalities that pervade other areas of society,” Gupta said. “It encompasses the undeniable truth that in our Constitution, before our courts and under our laws, all citizens are equal.” NACDL is a member of the steering committee of the Right to Counsel Campaign. NACDL President E.G. “Gerry” Morris and NACDL Executive Norman L. Reimer also spoke at the launch event.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Releases Defense Attorney Guide to Adult Pretrial Release in Colorado

September 21 saw the release of Colorado Bail Book: A Defense Attorney’s Guide to Adult Pretrial Release. NACDL released the guide in partnership with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender and the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute, and with grant support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Colorado defenders also had access to the report at their annual conference.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in September/October 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Issues Major Report, Calls for Greater Independence for Federal Indigent Defense System

A major new report — Federal Indigent Defense 2015: The Independence Imperative — broadly examines the federal indigent defense system, covering the entire manner in which the system operates. NACDL released the report on September 9 after more than 18 months of study, more than 130 individuals interviewed (including federal judges, federal defenders, Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts personnel, and others, representing 49 states and all federal judicial circuits), hundreds of documents reviewed, and surveys conducted.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in September/October 2015
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NACDL News: DOJ Files Amicus Brief in Indigent ‘Right to Counsel’ Case Before Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus curiae, or friend-of-the-court, brief on September 10 in a putative class action suit currently before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania concerning the inadequate funding of the Luzerne County public defender’s office. Through the DOJ amicus brief, the thrust of the argument made by United States is that a civil claim for constructive denial of counsel under the Sixth Amendment is cognizable.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in September/October 2015
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NACDL News: Advocates Urge Government to ‘Strike the Right Balance’

On Sept. 16, 2015, NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer introduced a panel titled “Striking the Right Balance: Criminal v. Civil Sanctions” on Capitol Hill. Planned by NACDL and co-sponsored by The Constitution Project, the event focused on educating Hill staffers about the important distinctions between civil and criminal enforcement. Prof. Lucian Dervan served as moderator. Pictured (from left): federal defender Adeel Bashir; NACDL members Marjorie Peerce, John Lauro, and Prof. Dervan; and Norman Reimer. For more information about the panel, read the “Inside NACDL” column in this issue of The Champion. 

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in September/October 2015
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