Washington, DC (January 22, 2009) -- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) congratulates President Barack Obama for the courageous executive orders he signed this morning and for his expressed willingness, in his own words, “to restore the standards of due process and core constitutional values” as his administration seeks to bring justice to the U.S. prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
NACDL President John Wesley Hall, of Little Rock, Ark., sent his own message of congratulations via e-mail to the president after the signing ceremony in the Oval Office. Hall wrote:
“Thank you, Mr. President, for making us proud to be Americans again. I am writing you as the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a professional bar association with almost 13,000 direct members in 28 countries, and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations with memberships totaling over 40,000 lawyers.
“I am a member of the bars of Arkansas, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, the District of Columbia, and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where I am also the only American lawyer elected by the list of counsel to the ICC’s Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal. I spent approximately 18 weeks in Sierra Leone from 2004 to 2006 defending Samuel Hinga Norman, a former head of that country’s military, who was charged with war crimes, and I have great concern for the United States’ image at home and abroad.
“The principles of justice and due process once again can be the United States’ most cherished legacy and our most precious export. Indefinite detention is anathema to our Constitution, the rule of law and the Law of Nations. The prisoner review process needs to be implemented immediately, so that the prisoners may be released and returned to their homes, or, if evidence warrants, criminal prosecution in federal courts or courts martial. We hope that this review process does not in any way impeded the 200-plus habeas corpus proceedings pending in the federal courts and that you will show the same resolve in implementing a review process for the 600 prisoners at Bagram air force base in Afghanistan.”
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
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Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.
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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.