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NACDL News: Steve Komie Presents Flag to Gerry Morris
NACDL Life Member Stephen M. Komie (left) presents the flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol to NACDL President E.G. “Gerry” Morris on Feb. 20, 2016. The flag flew over the Capitol for NACDL on June 15, 2015, at the request of Sen. Richard J. Durbin, to mark the occasion of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Welcomes Forensics Initiatives Announced by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates
Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates delivered important remarks on Feb. 24, 2016, during the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting hosted by the American Academy of Forensic Science in Las Vegas, Nev. In those remarks, there is a clear recognition of the importance of the integrity and reliability of that which is admitted as forensic science in criminal trials in America. Forensic science “brings all of us closer to the truth — whether it’s identifying the perpetrator of a crime or clearing the innocent,” Yates said.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Flawed Microscopic Hair Comparison Analysis Testimony Leads to New Trial for George Perrot
On Jan. 26, 2016, George D. Perrot was granted a new trial in Massachusetts based on newly discovered evidence that the FBI’s microscopic hair comparison testimony contained scientifically invalid statements. The court found that the hair examiner’s testimony was “enormously influential” and material to the convictions. This decision follows a trend in recognizing that evolving science constitutes newly discovered evidence.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Criminal Defense Bar Presents Radley Balko With Champion of Justice Journalism Award
On Feb. 19, 2016, at its midwinter seminar and meeting in Austin, Texas, NACDL presented Washington Post journalist, investigative reporter, and blogger Radley Balko with its Champion of Justice Journalism Award.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Administration’s Efforts to Close Guantánamo, but Says Framework Falls Short
On Feb. 23, 2016, the Obama administration released what it says is a “Plan for Closing the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility.” While that plan contains serious deficiencies, the administration is to be commended for continuing its effort to at long last shutter the detention facility. Of particular note are the provisions that would facilitate the transfer of those detainees who have been cleared and speed up the pace of the review of the remaining candidates for transfer.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Ban on Mandatory Juvenile Life Without Parole Strengthened, Made Retroactive
In a case revisiting its landmark 2012 juvenile justice decision in Miller v. Alabama, on Jan. 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Montgomery v. Louisiana that its holding in Miller prohibiting mandatory life without parole for juveniles is a substantive rule of constitutional law and therefore retroactive in cases of state collateral review. Indeed, the Court emphasized its finding in Miller that it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on “cruel and unusual” punishment to mandatorily impose life without parole sentencing for juveniles. By its ruling, the Court resolves what had become a split in the state courts.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Praises New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ‘Historic’ Categorical Pardon Affecting Thousands of Nonviolent, Former Teenage Offenders
On Dec. 21, the Office of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo officially announced a plan to pardon thousands of people who were convicted of a misdemeanor or a nonviolent felony at the age of 16 or 17, but who have had no other convictions since. The criteria that applicants must meet are available atwww.ny.gov/services/apply-clemency. By this action, thousands of individuals stand to have multiple, significant barriers to successful re-entry into the community removed.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in March 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Clemency Project 2014 Welcomes Commutation of 95 Federal Prison Sentences
In his first clemency grants since July, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 95 prisoners on Dec. 18, 27 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in March 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: At the Supreme Court - A Swearing-In Ceremony for NACDL Members
Ten NACDL members and their guests gathered Jan. 19, 2016, in the nation’s capital at the U.S. Supreme Court for NACDL’s group admissions ceremony.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in March 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
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