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NACDL News: Urban League Capitol Hill Event Features Discussion of Right to Counsel
NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer (pictured) participates in a panel discussion on March 22, 2017, sponsored by the National Urban League — Washington Bureau, that focused on the anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright and the right to counsel crisis in the United States. Held in Washington, D.C., the event, titled Fulfilling Gideon’s Legacy: Exploring the Sixth Amendment & America’s Unmet Promise of the Right to Counsel, gave legal and civil rights advocates an opportunity to examine the scope of the problem and offer solutions. Reimer used examples from Indiana, Louisiana, and South Carolina to explain the failure of states to implement the right to counsel.
By Ivan J. Dominguez, Ezra Dunkle-Polier, and Alexandra Funk in May 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: New Report Guides Defense Attorneys in Challenging Secretive Government Hacking
On Mar. 30, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union released a report, to which NACDL and the Electronic Frontier Foundation contributed, that identified key legal arguments and strategies for challenging evidence seized by government-installed computer malware. The report, Challenging Government Hacking in Criminal Cases, assesses recent court decisions evaluating the government’s use of the controversial hacking technique and makes recommendations for the most promising avenues to have unconstitutionally obtained evidence suppressed. The report also looks forward, addressing changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that have given the government wide latitude to use hacking in their criminal investigations.
By Ivan J. Dominguez, Ezra Dunkle-Polier, and Alexandra Funk in May 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Issues Groundbreaking Report and Recommendations on Police Body Cameras
On Mar. 15, 2017, NACDL, with support from the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), released Policing Body Cameras: Policies and Procedures to Safeguard the Rights of the Accused. This report is the product of more than two years of careful research and deliberation. In this report, NACDL endorses the continued and wider use of body cameras as long as they are implemented with NACDL’s policy recommendations. With these protections in place, body cameras have the potential to better document encounters between police officers and civilians while mitigating competing concerns about their potential for misuse or abuse. The report and recommendations represent an important contribution to critical conversations and policymaking taking place throughout the country.
By Ivan J. Dominguez, Ezra Dunkle-Polier, and Alexandra Funk in May 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Attorney Cristina C. Arguedas Receives 2017 White Collar Criminal Defense Award from NACDL and Stetson Law
NACDL and Stetson University College of Law presented Cristina C. Arguedas with the 2017 White Collar Criminal Defense Award on March 18 during NACDL’s White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson Law in Gulfport, Florida. NACDL and Stetson co-present the award annually to individuals who have made a profound impact on the field of white collar criminal defense advocacy.
By Ivan J. Dominguez, Ezra Dunkle-Polier, and Alexandra Funk in May 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: The Marshall Project and Neil Barsky Receive Champion of Justice Journalism Award
The Marshall Project and Neil Barsky, its chairman and founder, received the Champion of Justice Journalism Award from NACDL on March 3, 2017. NACDL President Barry J. Pollack presented the award at the Association’s midwinter seminar and meeting in New Orleans, La.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Past President Judy Clarke Recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers
In March, the American College of Trial Lawyers presented its Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy to criminal defense attorney and NACDL Past President (1996-97) Judy Clarke. The award honors trial lawyers who have persevered in the pursuit of an important cause despite substantial personal danger, fear, unpopularity, opposition, or other extreme difficulties. The award is the highest honor conferred on a single individual by the College.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Issues Report on Public Defense Crisis in Louisiana
With support from the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), on March 2 NACDL released State of Crisis: Chronic Neglect and Underfunding for Louisiana’s Public Defense System, by Andrea M. Marsh, Lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. NACDL and its Public Defense Committee commissioned this report “to assess the root causes of perhaps the most prolonged and severe public defense crisis in the nation.” Those causes include inadequate and unstable funding mechanisms that triggered well-publicized waitlists for public defense services, as well as less-publicized but chronic failures to safeguard the independence of the defense function and to sustain a public defense system capable of delivering legal services that meet constitutional and professional standards.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Heartened by Support for Criminal Discovery Reform in Virginia
The Virginia Senate passed SB 1563 by a vote of 39-1 on Feb. 7, 2017, but the bill was tabled (by voice vote) in a House subcommittee hearing on February 15, effectively killing it this session. NACDL had urged the Virginia House of Delegates to pass criminal discovery reform legislation to increase fairness and access to justice in the Commonwealth.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: House of Representatives Passes Email Privacy Act
On Feb. 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). This bill is a long overdue update of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a bill passed in 1986 that governs the treatment of electronic communications. The Email Privacy Act establishes that law enforcement officers must obtain a warrant to access the content of most electronic communications and cloud-stored content from third-party providers and eliminates the arbitrary rule that would allow the government to obtain emails older than 180 days with a subpoena. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the last Congress 419-0.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Betty Layne DesPortes Elected AAFS President
NACDL member Betty Layne DesPortes, the managing partner of Benjamin & DesPortes, P.C. in Richmond, Va., is the first criminal defense lawyer to be elected president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). She was sworn in on Feb. 18, 2017.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
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