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Statement to the D.C. City Council Judiciary Cmte on Prohibiting "Panic" Defenses (October 2019)
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.
Pickering v. Colorado
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of the petition for certiorari.
Argument: Element-negating defenses, such as self-defense, often negate the mens rea needed to sustain a conviction, and due process should require the prosecution to disprove the defense beyond a reasonable doubt.