Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) – In March 2015, Wikimedia, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Human Rights Watch, and several other organizations, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland challenging the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass interception and searching of Americans' international Internet communications. The case is captioned Wikimedia, et al. v. NSA. On Oct. 23, 2015, the district court granted a motion by the government to dismiss the case, holding that the group of plaintiffs had not made plausible allegations that their communications were, in fact, being monitored by the NSA. This morning, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal, but only as to one plaintiff in the case, Wikimedia itself.
"While NACDL is pleased that this important case can now move forward, we are concerned about the exclusion from the case of the nation's criminal defense bar and the significant interests of its members and their clients," said NACDL President Elect Rick Jones. "The sanctity of attorney-client communications and attorney work product cannot be overstated. Accordingly, NACDL will study this decision and consider its options going forward."
The core issue at hand in this case is the NSA's "upstream" surveillance, which involves tapping into the Internet backbone — the physical infrastructure of high-capacity cables, switches, and routers that carries American persons' online communications with their family, friends, and colleagues, and with the rest of the world. In the course of its surveillance, the NSA intercepts vast amounts of Internet data traffic inside the United States with the help of major telecom companies.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
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Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
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The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
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Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!
Ivan J. Dominguez, NACDL Director of Public Affairs & Communications, (202) 465-7662 or email@example.com
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.