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Guidance. Resources. Perspectives. Find them each month in The Champion.
How does the defense team research the background of the prosecution's expert? What are effective strategies for challenging forensic evidence?
Find out how forensic computer examiners help the defense how defenders can survive tough times and how the UK Bribery Act of 2010 differs from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Do alerts by drug-detection dogs justify a warrantless search? Is an eyewitness’s identification of a suspect more reliable if the suspect is a prior acquaintance of the eyewitness?
As defense attorneys prepare to defend a criminal case, they must keep in mind the potential for bias in the interpretation of forensic evidence.
NACDL has launched a 15-month celebration of the historic decision in Gideon v Wainwright to honor the role that defense lawyers play in ensuring justice for people accused of crimes.
When recorded evidence is involved in undercover cases, it is important for the jury to understand that there is no such thing as a spontaneous undercover conversation? Can the use of short breaks during closing argument help jurors retain more defense-oriented information?
What should defense lawyers read collect and prepare before examining a pathologist in a homicide case? What cues are law enforcement officers looking for when determining if a motorcyclist is DWI?
There are six key issues where the court’s instructions to the jury can affect the outcome of a case and where there is much room for advocacy.
Finding information about the government’s expert requires more than a 10-minute Google search. Learn how to find an expert’s journal book and social media writings.
DNA evidence is typically accompanied by impressive statistics so why are DNA test results sometimes unreliable? Are prosecutors disciplined when they violate the fair trial rights of defendants?
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