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NACDL News: NACDL Sponsors Supreme Court Group Admissions Ceremony
NACDL members traveled to Washington, D.C., to be sworn in to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
By Ivan Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in March 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
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
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Amicus Brief: Congress Violated the Equal Protection Clause and Exacerbated Racial Disparity in Reaffirming the Sentencing Disparity for Powder to Crack Cocaine

In an amicus curiae brief filed on Dec. 18, 2014, in Davis v. United States Sentencing Commission, an appeal of a dismissal of a petition for writ of mandamus now pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, NACDL forcefully and methodically demonstrates that Congress’s 1995 reaffirmation of the 100:1 federal sentencing ratio for powder to crack cocaine violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

By Ivan Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in March 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: DOJ Persuades Court to Keep Criminal Discovery Blue Book From Being Disclosed; NACDL to Appeal Decision

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision on Dec. 18, 2014, in National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. Executive Office for United States Attorneys et al. The court upheld the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) denial of NACDL’s Freedom of Information Act request that DOJ release to the public its Federal Criminal Discovery Blue Book, finding that the Blue Book is attorney work product that was prepared to protect DOJ from litigation and therefore it is protected from disclosure. NACDL plans to appeal this decision granting defendants’ motion for summary judgment and denying plaintiff’s cross-motion for summary judgment.

By Ivan Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in March 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Clemency Project 2014TM Commends President Obama for Granting Eight Commutations

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal prisoners and pardoned 12 others on Dec. 17, 2014. These mark the first commutations the president has granted since the U.S. Department of Justice announced its clemency initiative in April 2014.

By Ivan Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in March 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Report Underscores Why America Must Never Again Engage in Torture

On Dec. 9, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a heavily redacted 500-plus page executive summary of a several thousand-page report that was five years in the making. In it, the committee details, among other things, that (1) conduct amounting to torture was in fact carried out by the CIA, (2) the techniques were not effective and indeed often resulted in fabricated information, and (3) significant information about the program provided by the CIA to both Executive and Legislative Branch officials, as well as the public and the media, was misleading, including concerning its degree of brutality.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Supports ‘90 Million Strong Campaign’ Against the Death Penalty

At an event on Dec. 9, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., NACDL officially joined in the launch of the “90 Million Strong Campaign” against the death penalty in America. Organized by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP), the campaign’s goal is to bring together the millions of Americans who believe the death penalty is wrong, but who have not yet taken action to abolish it. The campaign seeks to build upon the growing momentum away from capital punishment — 31 states and the District of Columbia either do not have the death penalty or have not executed an individual in the past five years, and six states have abolished the death penalty over the past decade.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Announces New Initiatives in the Aftermath Of Recent Police Killings

For many years, NACDL has been concerned about the integrity of the grand jury process and the overwhelming influence of prosecutors over that process and its outcomes. Two recent cases in which unarmed black men (Michael Brown and Eric Garner) were killed by law enforcement officers brought NACDL’s concerns back to the forefront. A report issued by NACDL in 2011 identified a core problem of the modern American grand jury system: Grand jurors’ independent exercise of their powers “is frequently superseded by prosecutorial influence, leading some to suggest that while the modern grand jury technically remains an independent body … as a practical matter, it relies heavily on the prosecutor to secure evidence and give the jurors legal advice.” Building upon NACDL’s leading role in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system, on Dec. 10, 2014, NACDL President Theodore Simon announced plans for a publicly broadcast webinar on grand jury practice in America.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in January/February 2015
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Supreme Court Hears Argument In Yates; Examines Use of Post-Enron Law in Prosecution of Fisherman

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Nov. 5, 2014, in Yates v. United States (13-7451), a case highlighting the dangerous consequences stemming from the unconstitutional executive expansion of the federal law. In Yates, the government used a post-Enron anti-shredding statute to prosecute a fisherman for the disappearance of three fish from his shipping vessel.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Jumana Musa Appointed Senior Privacy and National Security Counsel for Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

In early November, NACDL announced the appointment of Jumana Musa as Senior Privacy and National Security Counsel. She will assume responsibility for NACDL’s important work both to protect Fourth Amendment rights and to limit government overreach under the rubric of national security. Ms. Musa has devoted the past 11 years to working on issues related to human rights, national security, policing, and racial profiling.

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in November/December 2014
Category: The Champion Magazine
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