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Bench and Bar (From the President)
By Lisa M. Wayne
I have never been shy when it comes to shaking things up and doing things a bit differently. During the summer, I thought about the writing of this president’s column as well as the topics I wanted to discuss. Nothing says I have to present the president’s remarks in the same format month after month, I told myself.
From time to time, I will use this column as a vehicle to introduce you to a sprinkling of individuals who are part of the criminal justice system. Starting this project by interviewing a judge is a good way to highlight NACDL’s support of judicial independence. This brief conversation also puts a face on one of the people who wears a black robe and dispenses justice. It demonstrates that a judge’s spirit can resonate with our own.
There are times when judges are our heroes, and there are times when they are the bane of our existence. They are heroes when they force prosecutors to comply with the letter and spirit of Brady. We don’t like them as much when they admit evidence
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