News Release ~ 05/12/1998

STATEMENT OF GERALD B. LEFCOURT, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS (NACDL)

Washington, DC (May 12, 1998) -- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released the following statement from President Gerald B. Lefcourt, of New York, in response to President Clinton's speech today announcing his international crime control strategy goals.

"As the President points out, crime is a global problem. In the international arena, the United States must lead by example, encouraging other nations to emulate our respect for individual and human rights, fairness, and due process of law, while respecting their sovereignty. To the extent the Administration seeks to wage an extraterritorial war on crime, we trust that U.S. law enforcement officials abroad will act, and encourage their foreign counterparts to act, with the utmost regard for cherished American principles of justice and fairness. I look forward to seeing the actual proposals."

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's approximately 9,000 direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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