Criminal Local Rule 32.1.8 creates special provisions governing the submission of motions for departure under U.S.S.G. § 5K1.1 and related written material. NACDL members often represent cooperating witnesses who may want the details of their “substantial assistance” kept out of the public eye, but our members also often represent the defendants against whom “cooperators” testify, and who therefore have an interest in disclosure of and readier access to such information. …we do believe that our following comments are even-handed and fair-minded, not a case of special pleading.
Brief of Amici Curiae Due Process institute, Cato Institute, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Rutherford Institute, District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and Law Professors in Support Petition for a Writ of Certiorari.