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NACDL News: NACDL Welcomes Bipartisan Legislation to Block Proposed Rule 41 Changes
In mid-May NACDL welcomed the introduction of the Stopping Mass Hacking Act (S. 2952) by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), to prevent changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure from taking effect. Subsequently, on May 25, 2016, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Judiciary Committee ranking member John Conyers (D-MI) introduced H.R. 5321, the House version of the bill. They were joined by committee members Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in June 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Sentencing Reform Legislation Advances in Both House and Senate
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) is moving rapidly in the Senate with its advancement in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 22, 2015, by a 15-5 vote. This bipartisan legislation would reduce certain mandatory minimum sentences, expand opportunities to avoid mandatory minimums, and make the 2010 crack sentencing reductions retroactive, while at the same time create two new mandatory minimum sentences and expand the application of others. The bill also includes provisions relating to re-entry, compassionate release, and juvenile justice. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on October 19th where it heard testimony from nine witnesses, including Deputy Attorney General Yates and representatives from the NAACP, Prison Fellowship Ministries, The Sentencing Project, the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, the Manhattan Institute, and a formally incarcerated individual. The legislation now moves to the Senate floor. Several Judiciary Committee leaders and members introduced a narrower House version (H.R. 3713) on Oct. 8, and it was passed by the House Judiciary Committee by voice vote on Nov. 18.
By Monica Reid in December 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Mens Rea Legislation Introduced In House and Senate
On Nov. 16, 2015, bipartisan leadership from the House Judiciary Committee and House Crime Subcommittee introduced important legislation to address the erosion in the criminal intent, or mens rea, requirement in federal criminal law, legislation which on Nov. 18 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous voice vote. Since at least 2009, as evidenced by the House Crime Subcommittee’s first hearing on the “Over-criminalization and Over-federalization of Criminal Law,” Members have been interested in the importance that criminal intent requirements play in a fair and rational criminal justice system.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in December 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Opposes Utah’s Death By Firing Squad Legislation
In March, NACDL strongly urged Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto House Bill 11, which amended Utah’s death penalty statute to reinstate executions by firing squad. Utah had abolished execution by firing squad in 2004, but on March 23, the governor approved the new legislation.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Supports Bicameral Introduction of Forfeiture Reform Legislation in Congress
On Jan. 27, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the “Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act of 2015” in both the House and the Senate, respectively. NACDL supports this legislation as it would bring much-needed improvements to federal civil asset forfeiture laws.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in 2015
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NACDL News: NACDL Applauds Adoption of House Rule Providing for Judiciary Committee Review of All Criminalization Legislation

On Jan. 6, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a rules change that will afford the House Judiciary Committee the opportunity to exercise its jurisdiction over any bill that proposes or modifies a new or existing criminal law or penalty.

By Ivan Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in March 2015
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NACDL News: Bipartisan Reform Legislation On Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Introduced

NACDL News: Bipartisan Reform Legislation On Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Introduced Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer NACDL News April 2013 15 On March 20, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 (S. 619). If enacted, this legislation woul

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in April 2013
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NACDL News: Board Members Approve Draft Domestic Drone Legislation

NACDL News: Board Members Approve Draft Domestic Drone Legislation Ivan J. Dominguez NACDL News March 2013 10 On February 23, NACDL’s Board of Directors approved NACDL’s Fourth Amendment Committee’s draft domestic unmanned aircraft (aka “drones”) legislation. This legislation would prohibit unwarra

By Ivan J. Dominguez in March 2013
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NACDL News: Policymakers Should Consider Legislation’s Full Impact on System, Say Criminal Defense Lawyers

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Section of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association issued a joint resolution calling on legislators and criminal justice policymakers to prepare “justice system impact statements” for any proposed legislation or policy change that impacts federal, state, or local criminal justice systems. The joint resolution, released on Aug. 20, 2012, proposes that the U.S. Department of Justice, which already distributes substantial funding to local police and prosecutors, fund such studies through its criminal justice grant programs.

 

By Jack King and Ivan J. Dominguez in August 2012
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NACDL Applauds Bipartisan Discovery Reform Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Senate(NACDL News

NACDL Applauds Bipartisan Discovery Reform Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Senate(NACDL News) Ivan J. Dominguez NACDL News April 2012 13 On March 15, 2012, leading U.S. senators introduced bipartisan legislation to bring about sensible discovery reform in criminal prosecutions. The bill is entit

By Ivan J. Dominguez in April 2012
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