Statement of Carmen D. Hernandez, President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Washington, DC (November 6, 2007) – The Constitution of the United States was ordained by our founders to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” The Preamble to the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan declares that “the independence of the judiciary shall be fully secured" and is “[d]edicated to the preservation of democracy achieved by the unremitting struggle of the people against oppression and tyranny.” Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s “Proclamation of Emergency” holding Pakistan’s constitution “in abeyance” was declared illegal and contrary to the rule of law by a majority of the justices of the supreme court just before their resignations.
As criminal defense lawyers in the United States of America, when we fight to preserve the constitutional rights guaranteed to the people, we do so by presenting arguments in a court of law. Over the past few days, we watched in dismay as General Musharraf suspended the rule of law, accepted resignations from the judges of the Supreme Court, who resigned in protest to his illegal actions, seized control of public and privately-owned broadcast programming, and jailed hundreds of lawyers who have protested the destruction of their constitutional government. NACDL applauds the position of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she states that “the best path for Pakistan is to quickly return to a constitutional path . . .” Lawyers are the first line of defense against injustice, totalitarianism, and tyranny in Pakistan as in the United States.
We join Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in his statement, “Nothing is more important than a sense of justice and security to a citizen. Whether it's a question of protection of fundamental rights, enforcement of contract, accessibility of public entitlement or property rights, the common man wants to have a feeling of complete security by having unfettered access to justice.”
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.
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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.