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Book Review: Forensic Science Reform - Protecting the Innocent
We know that trying cases frequently requires experts to make connections between phenomena and their meaning that are beyond the grasp of ordinary persons to assist a legal fact finder to understand the significance of evidence in a case. Along with that is a theme — enunciated in the Daubert decision, the National Academies’ 2009 forensic science report, and last year’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report — that lawyers and judges often fail to effectively learn and deploy scientific and technical evidence in court. Koen and Bowers’ book joins a groundswell of publications directed at providing a framework for the practitioner to approach, understand, and structure evidence in meaningful ways at trial. This requires learning the limits of forensic science, chronicling the quest for validation of its practices, and (ultimately) objectively assessing its reliability for use in criminal cases. It does so by a practical, case study-based method that identifies cases in which forensics failed, deconstructs the source of the failures, and then explains the underpinnings of the individual forensic discipline involved to avoid failure in the future. The book goes a long way to assist lawyers and judges in understanding common forensic disciplines, how to assess their faults and foibles, and how to incorporate competent use of expert testimony into the courtroom.
By Hon. Roderick Kennedy in May 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: David Ball on Criminal Defense
David Ball is a well-known trial consultant in the civil field, particularly regarding plaintiff’s personal injury, jury persuasion and damages. David Ball on Damages is considered a “must read” for many plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys. Mr. Ball and attorney Don Keenan are also famous for the Reptile© trial method. Although controversial and not followed by all plaintiffs’ practitioners, those who do follow it swear by it.
By Thomas G. Eagle in May 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: The Pecan Man
Set in 1976 in Mayville, Florida, in the opening pages of The Pecan Man readers are introduced to Ora Lee Beckworth, Blanche and the Pecan Man. Ora Lee is a white, recently widowed, middle-aged woman. Blanche was Ora Lee’s black maid, who raised her five children in the section of town referred to as “colored town.” Blanche worked for Ora Lee until her death. The Pecan Man (Eddie) was a black, elderly homeless man who took up residence in nearby woods and was hired by Ora Lee to care for her yard. Neighborhood children gave Eddie the nickname as a result of the sack of pecans he often had with him.
By Monica L. Reid in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Hard Bargains - The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court
Most readers of The Champion do not need a book about the federal war on drugs to learn of its horrors. The daily practice of criminal defense provides enough education. And yet Mona Lynch, a criminology professor at the University of California Irvine, provides fresh insights in her terrific new book, Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court, in which she analyzes the history and current practice of federal drug prosecutions.
By David Patton in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: A New Juvenile Justice System - Total Reform for a Broken System
In A New Juvenile Justice System Nancy Dowd brings together the ideas and thoughts of some of the most influential, groundbreaking, and thoughtful leaders within the juvenile justice world. Through this collection of essays, these authors re-envision the juvenile justice system, discuss the possibilities of what it can become, and argue for the reform necessary to overhaul our current, broken system.
By Christina Campbell in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Forensics - What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
It may be that we as defense attorneys are too quick to roll our eyes at the supposed travails of prosecutors, but one has only to Google “CSI effect” to find that many prosecutors feel like they are unfairly being asked to provide forensic evidence of a quality comparable to that shown on television in every criminal case. The concern, often voiced, is that if a juror is not presented with DNA tests, ballistics data, or at least fingerprint evidence, it appears that the police or FBI simply did not do their jobs.
By Allan F. Brooke II in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Something Is Rotten in Fettig
Book Review: Jere Krakoff was not born to write this book. Rather, he lived his professional life to write this book. Krakoff worked as a civil rights lawyer for 40 years, primarily representing clients who had no other voice and whose lives were beyond difficult. Krakoff spent much of his career working for organizations like the ACLU, National Prison Project, and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In those jobs, he principally litigated cases on behalf of prisoners challenging conditions that were so dreadful that they could be deemed unconstitutional. These are serious issues, but Krakoff surprises us with a hilarious, deeply satirical book.
By James W. Carroll Jr. in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: DC Circuit Denies Rehearing and En Banc Review, Modifies Opinion and Remands in NACDL Suit Seeking Disclosure of Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book
On Dec. 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied NACDL’s petition both for a rehearing and en banc review following the July 19, 2016, decision of a three-judge panel of that court in National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for United States Attorneys and U.S. Department of Justice.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Suppressing Criminal Evidence
Deja Vishny has written an indispensable guide to litigating motions to suppress evidence. Her new book, Suppressing Criminal Evidence, is a superb manual on challenging searches and seizures of physical evidence as well as statements and confessions. Most NACDL members are familiar with the author, who lectures widely to our association, teaches at NCDC and writes for The Champion.
By Tony Bornstein in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Math on Trial - How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom
This small volume is a fascinating, cogently written study of mathematics in the courtroom. Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez, the mother-daughter authors, who live in Paris and London, respectively, examine 10 cases from across the globe and through the centuries to illustrate that “the same mathematical tricks that mislead the public about market trends and risk and social problems have sent innocent people to prison.” (p. ix)
By Susan Elizabeth Reese in December 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
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