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A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
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If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
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Begay v. United States
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of the petitioner.
Boulware v. United States
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of petitioner.
Argument: Diversion of corporate funds to a shareholder of a corporation without earnings and profits automatically qualifies as a non-taxable return of capital up to the shareholder’s stock basis, even if the diversion was originally not labeled as a return of capital.
Boumediene v. Bush
Amicus curiae brief of the Coaltion of Non-Governmental Organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, arguing that the habeas-stripping provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Pub.L. No. 109-366, violate the Suspension Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Brendlin v. California
Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Federal Defenders.
Cuellar v. United States
Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of certiorari.
Gall v. United States & Kimbrough v.United States
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers.
Argument: In support of (1) It is not consistent with United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), and Rita v. United States, 551 U.S. __ (2007), for an appellate court to require that a sentence which lies outside the Guidelines range be justified by “extraordinary circumstances,” and (2) Sentencing judges must consider whether the Guideline ranges applicable to a given category of offenses adequately represent a sound balancing of all the Section 3553 factors pertinent to selecting the sentence for a particular case or group of cases within that category.
Gonzalez v. United States
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Federal Defenders in support of petitioner.
Argument: The Federal Magistrates Act requires that a criminal defendant personally give knowing, voluntary consent to the delegation of felony trial voir dire to a U.S. Magistrate Judge.
Kennedy v. Louisiana
NACDL amicus curiae brief in support of certiorari.
Argument: Brief argues that since convictions for child rape often rest solely on the testimony of children, and that research explains that child testimony is frequently unreliable, the risk of innocent persons receiving the death penalty is unacceptable; the Court has consistently held that the Eighth Amendment demands heightened reliability in capital cases.
Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Federal Defenders and National College for DUI Defense in support of Petitioner.
Roper v. Weaver
NACDL amicus brief in support of respondent.
Argument: Brief argues that case can be affirmed alternatively on Eighth Amendment grounds, and AEDPA's standard of review does not apply.
Scott v. Harris
NACDL amicus brief in support of respondent, arguing that police officer violated the plaintiff's Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizure when office intentionally collided with plaintiff's vehicle during high speed chase.
United States v. Rodriquez
NACDL amicus curiae brief in support of respondent.
Argument: The ACCA’s focus on the particular “offense” for which a defendant was previously convicted dictates that the top of the state’s standard sentencing range for that offense is the statutory maximum for that offense.
United States v. Santos
Arguing, inter alia, that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ interpretation of the term “proceeds” as limited to profits is consistent with congressional intent and necessary to prevent defendants from inappropriately being punished twice (and more severely) for the same conduct.
United States v. W.R. Grace
Amicus curiae brief in support of defendant-appellees’ petition for rehearing en banc.
Argument: The panel decision erroneously failed to apply the rule of lenity in its ruling that the Clean Air Act’s ban on releasing hazardous air pollutants are defined more broadly in the criminal context than in the civil context; even if there were some merit in the panel’s ruling, the Act is ambiguous in that regard, which triggers the rule of lenity. The panel decision is also in error in holding that the government may cure an untimely indictment, originally dismissed for failure to state an overt act within the statute of limitations, by filing a superseding indictment within six months of dismissal.
Uttecht v. Brown
NACDL amicus curiae brief in support of Respondent. The issue involves whether the Ninth Circuit properly granted habeas relief in a capital case on the ground that the state trial court improperly ruled that a juror who expressed misgivings about the death penalty but repeatedly said he could follow the law was not “death qualified.”
Argument: Brief argues that juror's concern whether lack of "future dangerousness" mitigates against the death penalty comports with Washington state law, and the juror was erroneously excused.
Virginia v. Moore
NACDL amicus curiae brief in support of respondent.
Argument: At common law, an arrest falling outside the scope of “arrestable” offenses can never be justified and is always unreasonable; neither probable cause, nor good faith, nor even witnessing the alleged offense can make the arrest reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.