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NACDL News: President Obama Announces Single Largest Set of Clemency Grants Since Taking Office
On August 3, in his fourth set of clemency grants since March 30, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 prisoners, 118 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. This is more than double the number of commutations granted on any single day thus far during President Obama’s tenure. Indeed, these grants bring the total number of commutations granted by President Obama since taking office to 562, more than any president since Calvin Coolidge.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in August 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Urges Follow-Through On Guantánamo Closure

Following President Obama’s major foreign policy speech on May 23, NACDL is optimistic about the administration’s recommitment to closing the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. Guantánamo and indefinite detention are failures on this country’s counterterrorism record and, as with all failed policies, they must come to an end. NACDL agrees with President Obama that Guantánamo is unnecessary and too costly. It also undermines the rule of law. NACDL will do whatever it can to assist the president in achieving this goal because closing the facility makes sound legal and economic sense.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in June 2013
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Barry J. Pollack Sworn in as 2016-17 NACDL President
Barry J. Pollack of Washington, D.C., was sworn in as president of NACDL by U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta at the Association’s 59th Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 13.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in August 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
From the President: Injustice on Our Streets

Criminal defense lawyers must be at the forefront of the fight to create a program for criminal justice that, at every stage, dispenses justice to our most powerless citizens.

By Barry J. Pollack in August 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: TCDLA Hall of Fame Inducts NACDL Past President Edward A. Mallett
The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) inducted Edward A. Mallett into its Hall of Fame on June 17, 2016.
By Ezra Dunkle-Polier, Katherine Holden, and Ivan J. Dominguez in July 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: President Obama Announces Third Set of Clemency Grants in Two Months
In his third set of clemency grants in just over two months, on June 3, 2016, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 42 prisoners, 25 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Of the 25 petitions that came through the Project, 14 of the prisoners were serving life sentences.
By Ezra Dunkle-Polier, Katherine Holden, and Ivan J. Dominguez in July 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
From the President: Foster v. Chatman, and Thoughts on the Continued Discriminatory Application of the Death Penalty

The legal system makes it extremely difficult to remedy even patently obvious violations of Batson v. Kentucky.

By E.G. Morris in July 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
From the President: Collateral Consequences Are Too Often Unjust Consequences

Collateral consequences imposed without regard to whether they are justified by the individual’s conduct, and without an opportunity to ever terminate their effect even after an individual demonstrates rehabilitation, represent a system out of step with its purpose.

By E.G. Morris in June 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
From the President: Miranda v. Arizona — Calculating Its Net Effect

While the Miranda decision is an important part of our legal structure that in many instances serves to enforce the mandate of the Fifth Amendment, it has not been effective in greatly diminishing the number of involuntary confessions.

By E.G. Morris in May 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
From the President: Statutes of Limitations Are an Essential Safeguard to Preserve the Accused’s Ability to Defend

There is a wave of support to either greatly extend or do away with the statutes of limitations applicable to sexual assaults. Most proponents couch their arguments in terms of a struggle for the right of sexual assault survivors to achieve justice.

By E.G. Morris in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
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