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Police misconduct is a persistent and corrosive problem in the United States. Officers violate communities repeatedly and with impunity. On the rare occasion officers are fired for misconduct, twenty percent are rehired by another agency in the same state within three years.
The extent of the problem is unknown, since departments can shield access to their data, making it impossible to evaluate their current accountability mechanisms. The public is limited or prevented from accessing police disciplinary files in 36 states. Even the most serious types of misconduct, like police killings, have been shown to be underreported by over 50%.
The Full Disclosure Project is changing this. By helping the public track misconduct from a multitude of sources, we prevent further harms in the courtroom and inject accountability to the system.
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We empower local actors with our technology and training to defend their community against police abuse because change happens at the local level.
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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
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
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.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.
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- Rappaport, Ben Grunwald & John. “The Wandering Officer.” 129 Yale L. J. 1676 (Apr. 2020) www.yalelawjournal.org/article/the-wandering-officer. [^^]
- Cox, Kallie, and William Freivogel. “Police Misconduct Records Secret, Difficult to Access.” AP News, 12 May 2021, apnews.com/article/us-news-police-reform-police-government-and-politics-fa6cbd7e017b85aa715e23465a90abbe. [^^]
- The Lancet, 2021. Fatal police violence by race and state in the USA, 1980–2019: a network meta-regression. 398(10307), pp.1239-1255 [^^]