"'Overcriminalization' Making Us a Nation of Felons?" Video Report and Article, CBN News, April 1, 2012. CBN's John Jessup reports from Washington with legal commentary from NACDL Board Member Timothy P. O'Toole.
"Convicted of a Crime He Didn't Know He Committed," Video Report, The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2011. Wall Street Journal's Neil Hickey reports from Washington with legal commentary from NACDL Board Member Timothy P. O'Toole.
Personal Stories of Overcriminalization
John Yates - Video: The Fishy Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court, Case Summary - In His Own Words, Background, U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Reversing Conviction, SCOTUSblog Analysis of Opinion, U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Analysis, NACDL amicus briefs (on writ of certiorari and supporting Yates), USA Today article
Jack and Jill Baron - Video: In Their Own Words – No Home for Justice
Carol Anne Bond - Case Summary, U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Recap, U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Reversing Conviction, Cato Institute's Opinion Analysis, Manhattan Institute's Opinion Analysis, New York Times Article
Bradford Councilman – Video: In His Own Words – System Error
Mark and Amy Denicore - Video: In Their Own Words – Summoned by the Bell
Lawrence Lewis - Video: In His Own Words – Flushed Away
Abner Schoenwetter - Case Summary
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Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!
Press & Commentary on the Destruction Caused by Overcriminalization
"Prosecutorial Over-Criminalization: Fishing for Guilty Pleas," The National Law Review, December 2, 2014.
"Manhattan Moment: Overcriminalization is also a problem in the states," by James R. Copland and Isaac Gorodetski, The Washington Examiner, October 31, 2014.
"Overcriminalization Comes To National Parks As People Who Fly Toys Face Six Months In Jail," by Gregory S. McNeal, Forbes, August 31, 2014.
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"Chemical Weapons Treaty Does Not Apply to Petty Crime, Justices Rule," by Adam Liptak, The New York Times, June 2, 2014. [Full Opinion]
"Justices to Weigh Finance Law as It Was Applied to Little Fish," Adam Liptak, The New York Times, April 28, 2014.
"MALCOLM/REIMER: Over-criminalization undermines respect for legal system," by John G. Malcolm and Norman L. Reimer, The Washington Times, December 11, 2013.
"Over-criminalization and the Tragic Case of Aaron Swartz," by Ammon Simon, National Review, January 15, 2013.
"Ex-Glaxo VP on 'The Criminalization of the Practice of Law'," by Jennifer Smith, The Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2012.
"The Overcriminalization of America: Are We All Criminals Now?," by John W. Whitehead, Huffington Post, August 6, 2012.
"When Everyone Is an Offender," The Atlantic, September 28, 2011.
"As Federal Crime List Grows, Threshold of Guilt Declines," The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011.
"As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared," The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011.
"Overcriminalization on Appeal - Notable concurrence from Chief Kozinski as 9th Circuit Reverses White Collar Conviction," Sentencing Law & Policy Blog, December 10, 2010. [Full Opinion]
"Rough Justice in America - Too many laws, too many prisoners," The Economist, July 22, 2010.
"Editor's Highlights: America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal," The Economist, July 22, 2010.
For additional coverage and materials on the problem of overcriminalization generally, visit the Overcriminalization Advocacy and Scholarship webpage.