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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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“You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause--and you refuse to do it because you are afraid; you refuse to do it because you want to live longer; you\'re afraid that you will lose your job, or you\'re afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity or you\'re afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house, and so you refuse to take the stand. Well you may go on and live until you are 90, but you\'re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90! And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. You died when you refused to stand up for right, you died when you refused to stand up for truth, you died when you refused to stand up for justice.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr. 

March 2011

  • Supreme Court rules no §1983 violation

    John Thompson spent 18 years in prison, 14 of them on death row for a murder he did not commit.  ”I had sons who grew up without a father, who thought their father was a killer.” [...]

  • National Criminal Defense College Scholarship

    NYSACDL  will once again award the Jack T. Litman Twelve Angry Men Scholarship to the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute, Macon, Georgia to a qualifying NYSACDL member.  All attorney members in good standing [...]

  • First Amendment Right or Federal Crime?

    Recently, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has indicted a retired Penn State chemistry professor who passed out leaflets to passers-by in front of the [...]

  • NYSACDL 2011 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

    Kevin D. O’Connell of the New York County Defenders was sworn in as NYSACDL President for 2011 at the Annual Dinner on January 27.  Richard D. Willstatter of White Plains assumes the role of President [...]