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NACDL opposes categorical, legislative prohibition of specific defenses.
NACDL has actively opposed legislative efforts in D.C. to categorically prohibit certain defenses in criminal cases.
NACDL continues to actively oppose legislative efforts in Virginia to categorically prohibit certain defenses in criminal cases.
Written statement of NACDL immediate past president Nina J. Ginsberg to the Virginia House of Delegates Courts of Justice Committee regarding a proposed bill to categorically prohibit the use of specific defenses in criminal cases (see HB 2132).
NACDL President Nina J. Ginsberg's written statement to the Washington, D.C. City Council Judiciary and Public Safety Committee regarding proposed legislation to prohibit "panic" defenses in criminal cases.