Washington, DC (Oct. 11, 2016) – Between August and early September, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) canvassed its members and others in the criminal defense bar and community for their input in connection with questions NACDL would be submitting to the following candidates for President – Hillary Clinton (D), Donald Trump (R), Jill Stein (G), and Gary Johnson (L). On September 8, 2016, NACDL President Barry J. Pollack submitted the final set of questions (click here) to all four of these campaigns.
Shortly thereafter, NACDL launched www.icareaboutjustice.org to engage the public on the subject of the presidential candidates and criminal justice issues. This website shares NACDL's questions to the candidates with the public and offers the public the opportunity to urge the candidates to show that they care about criminal justice by making their positions known on the crucial issues facing our criminal justice system.
As of this date, the only candidate to have submitted responses to NACDL's questions is Green Party Nominee Jill Stein. Her campaign's responses are available here.
"In a nation where approximately one in four adults has some form of an arrest or conviction record, and where some 2.2 million people are currently behind bars, entire communities are directly impacted by the criminal justice system. It has been estimated that the United States spends $80 billion a year incarcerating its citizens, meaning that every taxpayer is impacted by the criminal justice system. Given the outsized role that the criminal justice system plays in the lives of the American people, the questions NACDL has posed to the Presidential candidates are of the utmost public concern," said NACDL President Barry J. Pollack. "We very much hope that each of the candidates will acknowledge the importance to the American people of criminal justice issues and promptly provide responses to NACDL so that voters will know where each of them stands on these vital questions."
Visit www.icareaboutjustice.org now to find Jill Stein's answers and to urge the other candidates to respond to NACDL's questions.
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)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
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.
Ivan J. Dominguez, NACDL Director of Public Affairs & Communications, (202) 465-7662 or email@example.com for more information.
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.