June 2023

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What challenges face a lawyer representing someone seeking release after imprisonment for committing a sex crime? How does defense counsel argue for a split sentence in a white collar case?


Articles in this Issue

  1. Affiliate News

    What events are NACDL affiliates hosting this month? Find out here.

    Jessica Stepan

  2. Book Review: God’s Ponzi by Robert Buschel

    This month Jon May reviews God’s Ponzi by Robert Buschel.

    Jon May

  3. Book Review: Still Doing Life by Howard Zehr and Barb Toews

    This month Matthew T. Mangino reviews Still Doing Life: 22 Lifers, 25 Years Later by Howard Zehr and Barb Toews.

    Matthew T. Mangino

  4. Book Review: Tortured Justice by Richard Kammen

    This month Greg Bowes reviews Tortured Justice: Guantanamo Bay by Richard Kammen.

    Greg Bowes

  5. From the President: When You Practice What You Preach and What You Preach Is Racism

    News outlets reported that an overtly racist, and seemingly illegal, written policy to punish Hispanic defendants more harshly than non-Hispanic defendants existed in Jefferson County, Florida.

    Nellie L. King

  6. In Memoriam: NACDL Remembers Past President Gerald S. Gold

    James R. Willis reflects on the influence of NACDL Past President Gerald S. Gold.

    James R. Willis

  7. Litigating Domestic Violence Cases: Accurate, Reliable Research Can Make a Difference

    When representing men accused of domestic violence, do lawyers consider hiring an expert for the defense? The authors note that experts can help attorneys and jurors better understand the role of stereotypes and how they play a significant role in domestic violence cases. Despite recent research finding that domestic violence is not necessarily a crime against women, the traditional ways of thinking about domestic violence continue to inform how cases are prosecuted.

    John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW and Brenda Russell, Ph.D.

  8. NACDL News: Calling for Commitment to Right to Counsel in Guam and All US States and Territories

    NACDL News for June 2023

    Jessie Diamond, Kate Holden, and Jonathan Hutson

  9. NACDL News: NACDL Sponsors Supreme Court Group Admissions Ceremony

    NACDL News for June 2023

    Jessie Diamond, Kate Holden, and Jonathan Hutson

  10. NACDL News: NACDL Urges Caution in Wake of New York Indictment of Former President Trump

    NACDL News for June 2023

    Jessie Diamond, Kate Holden, and Jonathan Hutson

  11. Practice Points: A Primer on Gag Orders: Practice and Procedure

    Courts may impose gag orders in high-profile cases and other situations in which widespread public interest exists in the crime and the ensuing criminal trial. What are the competing constitutional interests that may be at issue when a court considers imposing a gag order? The authors discuss the basic mechanics of gag orders, such as who can request them, the type of information that can be restricted, and against whom gag orders can be imposed.

    Victor Hansen and Cierra Gibel

  12. The Importance of Arguing for a ‘Split’ Sentence for White Collar Offenders

    Facing Sentencing Guidelines Above Zone C

    How can defense counsel utilize a provision within the Criminal Code, implemented by the Sentencing Guidelines, that allows for a split sentence in Zone D cases through the post-imprisonment condition of supervised release? Joseph A. DeMaria and Marissa Koblitz Kingman explain how to argue for the Zone D split sentence.

    Joseph A. DeMaria and Marissa Koblitz Kingman

  13. The Modified Romberg Balance Test and Medical Journals

    A medical study noted that if performed in the correct setting by a trained medical professional, there are no known complications for the Romberg balance test. Police officers are not trained medical professionals, and sobriety tests administered on the side of the road usually take place in the dark and with external factors such as wind and blasts of air from passing vehicles. Steven Oberman and Robert Reiff explain why they are not fans of the Romberg field sobriety exercise.

    Steven Oberman and Robert “Bobby” Reiff

  14. The NACDL Q&A: Arguing for a Return to the Community

    What challenges face a defense attorney in a case involving a sex offense? What is the public’s perception of someone who, after serving time for a sex crime, is ready to return to the community? Richard Jones, a defense attorney in Wisconsin, discusses these questions with Quintin Chatman, editor of The Champion. Jones talks about the difficulties and the hurdles involved in sex offender cases, and he reveals his three primary goals for each client.

    Quintin Chatman