Washington, DC (December 9, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has long spoken with a clear, unambiguous voice against the use of torture, including during the earliest days following the September 11 attacks. Earlier this year, NACDL, together with other groups, submitted a letter to Senators Feinstein and Chambliss strongly urging the Committee to declassify and publicly release its report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation program, explaining that:
"Torture is illegal under U.S. and international law; it is also immoral and – according to military and intelligence experts – ineffective and counterproductive….The use of torture and cruel treatment as official U.S. policy has had serious consequences for America's national security, foreign policy interests, and credibility in promoting human rights around the world. The Committee can begin to undo some of the damage done by publicly releasing its full study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program with as few redactions as possible. Release of this study is critical to establish the truth and prevent torture."
Today, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a heavily-redacted 500-plus page executive summary of a several thousand page report that was five years in the making. In it, the Committee details, among other things, that (i) conduct amounting to torture was in fact carried out by the CIA, (ii) the techniques were not effective and indeed often resulted in fabricated information, and (iii) significant information about the program provided by the CIA to both Executive and Legislative Branch officials, as well as the public and the media, was misleading, including concerning its degree of brutality.
NACDL President Theodore Simon said: "No longer can the press, the public or policymakers euphemistically refer to certain CIA conduct set forth in this report as 'enhanced interrogation techniques.' Even the un-redacted portions of the executive summary released today lay bare the truth of this horrific and shameful chapter in American history. It is also clear from the extent of the redactions and the failure to disclose the almost 7,000 page report that the American people and the world may never know the full extent to which the United States undermined the very rule of law it was instrumental in formulating. While the contents of today's report represent a profound departure from the principles upon which our society is based, by providing a more comprehensive accounting to the public, this report reinforces all of the reasons why America must never again engage in torture."
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.