Grubbs v. Safir

Brief of Amici Curiae [New York County Lawyers’ Association, New York State Defenders Association, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association for Public Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers] in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion Seeking Enforcement of this Court’s Orders, Modified Injunctive Relief, and a Finding of Civil Contempt.

Brief filed: 04/18/2017


Grubbs v. Safir

S.D.N.Y.; Case No. 92-CV-2132 (GBD)


The Sixth Amendment guarantees open and uninhibited attorney-client communications. The pre-arraignment consultation between attorney and client is a critical meeting with broad consequences. The presence of cameras in attorney-client consultation booths prevents free and open communication in violation of the Sixth Amendment and the settlement order. There is no justification for the presence of cameras in attorney-client consultation booths.

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Linda H. Martin and Hilary Harris Klein, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, New York, NY; Richard D. Willstatter, White Plains, NY.