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NACDL News: President Obama Caps Final Week in Office with 539 More Commutations
On Jan. 17, 2017, President Obama announced 209 grants of commutation, of which 100 were cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. Just two days later, on January 19, President Obama announced 330 more grants of commutation, of which 189 were supported by the Project. The 330 grants represented the largest single set of commutation grants of Obama’s tenure as president.
By Ezra Dunkle-Polier in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Report Documents ‘Sixth Amendment-Free’ Proceedings in South Carolina Courts
On Jan. 18, 2017, NACDL released its second report on South Carolina’s summary courts, Rush to Judgment: How South Carolina’s Summary Courts Fail to Protect Constitutional Rights. The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that a person accused of a crime has the right to a lawyer, whether or not he or she can afford to hire one. In South Carolina, the bulk of criminal cases are relatively minor offenses heard in municipal and magistrate courts, collectively referred to as summary courts. As demonstrated by the NACDL reports, these courts routinely fail to inform defendants of their right to counsel and refuse to provide counsel to the poor at all stages of the criminal process. South Carolina summary courts also regularly violate the Constitution by sentencing defendants to jail simply because they cannot afford to pay fines.
By Ivan J. Dominguez in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Groups Provide Critical Immigration Advisories for Defense Lawyers After the Administration’s 1/25/17 Executive Order
Both criminal defense and immigration groups have released critical practice advisories in response to the executive orders (EO) on immigration policy issued by the president on Jan. 25, 2017. The executive orders affect, among other areas, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions and priorities, including who ICE seeks to detain and deport. Thus, it is essential for defense lawyers to stay informed of all changes and how they are being implemented through consultation with immigration experts.
By Vanessa Antoun in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Past President John Wesley Hall Receives Al Horn Memorial Award From NORML
John Wesley Hall, a past president of NACDL, received the Al Horn Memorial Award from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) National Legal Committee on Dec. 10, 2016. He was presented with the award at NORML’s annual dinner at the Pier House in Key West, Florida. The Al Horn Memorial Award is presented annually to a NORML Legal Committee member in recognition of his or her “lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of justice and for their extraordinary support for NORML.”
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Welcomes Inaugural Tiffany May Joslyn White Collar Crime Policy Intern
NACDL welcomes Kaitlin Bigger as the inaugural Tiffany May Joslyn White Collar Crime Policy intern.
By Mario Meeks in January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Releases Pretrial Justice Manual for New Jersey Practitioners; Additional States Forthcoming
In partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender (NJ OPD), and with grant support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, on Dec. 13, 2016, NACDL released The New Jersey Pretrial Justice Manual in an effort to support New Jersey attorneys as they work to end pretrial injustice in the state.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Just in Time for the Holidays, President Obama Announces 153 Commutations; Total Grants Near 1,200
On Dec. 19, 2016, President Obama announced 153 grants of commutation. Of those 153 grants, 82 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 1,176, of which 605 were supported by Clemency Project 2014.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Department of Justice Files Yet Another Important Statement of Interest
Stinnie v. Holcomb is a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of Virginia’s alleged practice of automatically suspending driver’s licenses for failure to pay court debts.
By Diane Price in January-February 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
NACDL News: At the Supreme Court: A Swearing-In Ceremony for NACDL Members
NACDL members gathered on Jan. 9, 2017, 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 January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
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