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News Releases ~ 2019

News Release ~ 05/02/2019
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Calls for Tennessee to #TestTheDNA in the Sedley Alley Case – Nashville, TN (May 2, 2019) – In 2006, the State of Tennessee executed Sedley Alley for murder in a case his attorneys maintain had the “tell-tale signs of a wrongful conviction and DNA evidence that could have proved his innocence.” Yesterday, Sedley’s daughter April Alley announced that she is petitioning the criminal court in Shelby County, Tennessee, for post-conviction DNA testing in her father’s case. In addition, Ms. Alley also requested that Tennessee Governor Bill Lee exercise his authority as governor to order that the previously untested evidence from the crime scene be tested. Read More

News Release ~ 04/30/2019
NACDL's Fourth Amendment Center Releases Compelled Decryption Primer – Washington, DC (April 30, 2019) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Fourth Amendment Center released a new primer for defense lawyers on the topic of compelled decryption, which is when law enforcement seeks to require an individual to unlock and decrypt their personal electronic device(s). More and more such cases are finding their way into the courts. This primer outlines the state of the law on compelled decryption and offers a guide for defense lawyers on litigating this important emerging issue. Read More

News Release ~ 04/11/2019
New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill Repealing Death Penalty; Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Urges Governor to Sign - Washington, DC (April 11, 2019) - On Thursday, April 11, the New Hampshire Senate voted to repeal the state’s death penalty 17 to 6,  a veto-proof majority. State lawmakers have previously considered legislation to repeal the death penalty every session for the last two decades but, even when passed, lacked the votes to override gubernatorial vetoes. This session, the legislation already passed in early March in the New Hampshire House by a veto-proof majority of 279-88. Read More

News Release ~ 04/03/2019
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Ill-Conceived Legislation That Would Undermine Core Tenet of American Criminal Justice – Washington, DC (Apr. 3, 2019) – Earlier today, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced the “Corporate Executive Accountability Act,” an ill-conceived piece of legislation that would undermine a central tenet of the American system of criminal justice – that a “guilty mind” or mens rea must be present before someone can be deemed criminally blameworthy. Sen. Warren’s legislation, among other things, would expressly convert civil liability – which is provable by the lower ‘preponderance of the evidence’ standard -- into criminal liability – provable by the higher standard of ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ – and it proposes to do so without regard to intent. Read More

News Release ~ 04/01/2019
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Welcomes Criminal Justice Reforms Adopted by the State of New York – Washington, DC (Apr. 1, 2019) – On Sunday, March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly reached agreement concerning multiple, significant pretrial criminal justice reforms as part of the state’s FY 2020 budget package. These changes will take effect in 2020. The reforms concern speedy access to trial, discovery in criminal cases, and bail and pretrial release. Read More

News Release ~ 03/13/2019
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Welcomes Death Penalty Moratorium in California; Praises Governor Gavin Newsom – Washington, DC (Mar. 13, 2019) – Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom made history, signing an executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty in California. This means that, for now, there will be no further state-sponsored executions in California, which has the largest number of people – 737 – on death row in the country. As of 2018, there were 2,743 people serving on death row across America. With today’s executive order by the California Governor, more than 25% of those individuals have been granted reprieves. Read More

News Release ~ 02/27/2019
Text NACDL to 50457; Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Unveils Mobile Text Alerts to Bolster Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy Washington, DC (Feb. 27, 2019) – Making an impact in criminal justice reform just got easier. Following the implementation of a new mobile advocacy platform, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today unveils a new way to engage advocates in support of NACDL’s criminal justice reform priorities. Just text NACDL to 50457 to get started. Read More

News Release ~ 02/23/2019
Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Mourns San Francisco Public Defender and NACDL Board Member Jeff Adachi - Washington, DC (Feb. 23, 2019) - The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is extremely saddened by the loss of San Francisco Public Defender and NACDL Board Member Jeff Adachi. Mr. Adachi passed away late yesterday at the age of 59. He is survived by his wife Mutsuko and his daughter Lauren. Read More

News Release ~ 02/18/2019
The NAS Report on Strengthening Forensic Science, Ten Years On; Much Work Still To Be Done – Washington, DC (Feb. 18, 2019) – Ten years ago today the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences released the landmark report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, A Path Forward (NAS Report). The impact of the NAS Report in strengthening forensic science and improving its use in the courtroom has been tremendous. However, significant work is still needed to implement its recommendations and achieve its objectives and the government abandoned some of the plans for reform, stalling progress. Read More

News Release ~ 02/04/2019
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Demands Immediate and Comprehensive Investigation into the Emergence and Handling of the ‘Inhumane and Cruel’ Conditions at the Federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn – Washington, DC (Feb. 4, 2019) – For the better part of a week, people being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), the federal jail in Brooklyn, New York, housing more than 1,600 people in federal custody, were forced into lockdown in their cells without light and without heat, all during an outbreak of frigid weather. It has been reported that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the agency within the Department of Justice (DOJ) responsible for nation’s federal jails and prisons, initially issued an emailed statement denying that what they called a “partial power outage” had affected heat and hot water in individuals’ cells. A spokesperson for Warden Herman Quay made the same initial claim concerning heat and hot water. Defense lawyers and union leaders for the facility’s employees disputed those claims. Read More

News Release ~ 01/22/2019
NACDL President Drew Findling to Speak at #SecondChances Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, January 26 - Washington, DC (Jan. 22, 2019) – The Brian Hamilton Foundation and Inmates to Entrepreneurs are sponsoring a conference, open to the public, this Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Atlanta, GA -- #SecondChances Atlanta: How to Start Your Own Business. Read More

News Release ~ 01/15/2019b
Civil Rights Corps and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Receive Champion of Public Defense Award from Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Washington, DC (Jan. 15, 2019) – On Friday, January 11, 2019, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) presented the Civil Rights Corps and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, as co-recipients, with NACDL’s Champion of Public Defense Award at NACDL’s Race Matters II conference in Los Angeles, California. Awarded by NACDL’s Public Defense Committee, the Champion of Public Defense Award recognizes an individual or organization for exceptional efforts in making positive changes to a local, county, state, or national public defense system. Read More

News Release ~ 01/15/2019a
Stevie Wonder Honored with Champion of Justice Award at NACDL’s “Race Matters” Conference In Los Angeles, CA on January 10, 2019 - Washington, DC (Jan. 15, 2019) - The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) honored one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music. Singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and political activist Stevie Wonder received the Champion of Justice Award on Thursday, January 10, at NACDL’s Race Matters II: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, in Los Angeles. Read More

News Release ~ 01/07/2019
In Landmark Case, Vermont Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Racial Profiling Decision - Washington, DC (Jan. 7, 2019) – On Friday, January 4, 2019, the Vermont Supreme Court unanimously found that law enforcement can be civilly liable for discriminatory searches and seizures in violation of the Vermont Constitution. Read More

News Release ~ 01/03/2019b
Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar to Present Stevie Wonder with Champion of Justice Award at Association’s “Race Matters” Conference In Los Angeles, CA on January 10, 2019 - Washington, DC (Jan. 3, 2019) - The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) will honor one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music. Singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and political activist, Stevie Wonder, will receive the Champion of Justice Award on Thursday, January 10, at NACDL’s Race Matters II: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, in Los Angeles. Read More

News Release ~ 01/03/2019a
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation for Criminal Justice Announces New Officers and Historic Vision for Criminal Justice Reform - Washington, DC (Jan. 3, 2019) – The NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ), previously known as the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), announces the recent election of its slate of officers. Read More

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