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Testimony to Senate Judiciary on the Courts on Supporting and Funding Federal Defense (October 1995)
Member Loren Weiss's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts regarding sufficient funding and availability of federal defender offices and CJA attorneys, pursuant to proposals outlined in the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1995 (S. 1101).
Statement to House Appropriations on Funding for Defender Services for FY1996 (May 1995)
Member Richard Kammen's written statement to the House Appropriations Committee regarding adequate funding and training for defender services to ensure adequate representation for those who cannot afford it.
Statement to Senate Judiciary Committee on Reducing the Risk of Executing the Innocent (June 2002)
NACDL President Irwin Schwartz's written statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding abolishing the death penalty and crucial steps to take to avoid the risk of executing the innocent.
Ayestas v. Davis
Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner.
Argument: Federal Habeas case law is replete with examples showing the importance of funding for investigation and experts – funding that is all but impossible to obtain under the Fifth Circuit’s approach. The Fifth Circuit’s standard discourages attorneys who rely on the Criminal Justice Act from seeking resources or even accepting capital habeas cases altogether.