Washington, DC (May 13, 1996) -- "Eight members of the Court 'hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil' of the government," declared William B. Moffitt, Treasurer of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), today in response to the Supreme Court's anxiously-awaited ruling in Armstrong v. U.S. "They are deaf to the cries of African Americans for racial justice in the enforcement of our criminal laws," he said.
Moffitt, a prominent Alexandria, Virginia, criminal defense lawyer, criticized today's ruling as unrealistic.
"This majority would require indigent criminal defendants and their public defender attorneys to somehow undertake sophisticated statistical studies in order to raise a claim of selective prosecution," Moffitt said. "If they could do that, they wouldn't need the government to disclose the wealth of information it has in its possession."
"Sworn statements of people with first-hand knowledge that white defendants are getting easier treatment are brushed aside as insignificant," he noted.
"Anyone looking to the Supreme Court to inject logic into our system will be sorely disappointed," Moffitt commented. "As 'evidence' that crack crimes are mostly committed by African Americans, today's decision cited statistics showing 90% of those convicted are Black," he said. "Doesn't that sort of beg the question of whether Blacks are being selectively prosecuted?"
NACDL filed an amicus curiae brief in the Armstrong case and fights in courts and Congress for elimination of racially discriminatory sentences for crack cocaine offenses. Moffitt is the author of a major appellate brief challenging those sentences.
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