Washington, DC (Sept. 6, 2017) – Yesterday, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, effective in six months. To date, the program has provided legal protection to some 800,000 undocumented individuals brought to the United States as children.
Rick Jones, President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), issued the following statement:
"A fundamental principle of a just society is that reliance upon the law and a governmental promise should never result in a deprivation of rights. Hundreds of thousands of students and workers living in this country, who were brought here as children, often many years ago, voluntarily came out of the shadows in reliance upon a promise that they would not be penalized, much less deported. Instead, with precisely the identifying information provided by these young people in reliance upon that promise, the federal government is now threatening deportation.
"We know, law enforcement knows, and the courts know, that the threat of deportation is counterproductive and drives people back into the shadows. Such betrayal undermines public safety, breeds distrust, and lessens respect for an already delegitimized system of justice.
"As a result of this heartless action by the president, we have profound humanitarian concern for the legal status of so many deserving young people and their families. If DACA is terminated, we can expect that disparate law enforcement practices, including racial profiling and over-policing of historically oppressed communities, will subject even more individuals, who contribute much to society, to stops, searches, seizures, and detention. It is unacceptable in the United States of America that so many who have lived so long in fear are being placed back in jeopardy. NACDL calls on Congress to act swiftly to protect the Dreamers."
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.