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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
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Offers New Scholarship Funding to Indigent Defense Providers

NACDL announced a new program of scholarship assistance for indigent defense providers on Oct. 23. The scholarships will foster access for both public and private defenders of the indigent accused to outstanding criminal defense training programs nationwide.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in October 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Justice Department to End Practice of Seeking Waivers of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims as Part of Plea Agreements

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Oct. 14 a new department policy on waivers of claims of ineffective assistance of counsel (IAC) in a memo to all federal prosecutors from Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. The memo reads in part:

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in October 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Volunteer for Clemency Project 2014
Clemency Project 2014 (CP 2014) is seeking volunteers in the national pro bono effort to secure freedom for many federal inmates who are serving unnecessarily harsh sentences for nonviolent offenses.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in September 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
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