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November 2016 , Page 09 

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Inside NACDL: Two New Tools to Include in a Cutting-Edge Defense Toolkit

By Norman L. Reimer

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A great advantage of NACDL’s office location in Washington, D.C., is that various reports that receive scant attention around the nation garner significant attention inside the Beltway. Occasionally, these reports can be an invaluable tool for the criminal defense lawyer, replete with all kinds of useful information that can help shape defense strategy and inform cross-examination. Two such reports were recently released.

The DEA’s Paid Informants

The Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), recently completed a study of how the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) oversees its confidential informants. It is not a pretty picture. The OIG report, Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Management and Oversight of its Confidential Source Program, is nothing less than an eye-popping exposé that documents pervasive misuse of confidential informants.1 The scope of the DEA’s “Confidential Source Program” is breathtaking, and the extent to which it i

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