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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. 

June 2011

  • Saratoga Murder Conviction Vacated – Falsified Evidence

    On June 27, 2011, NYSACDL First Vice President Benjamin Ostrer received a decision vacating a 20 – life sentence in a conviction obtained over 10 years ago.  The conviction was based on evidence falsified by [...]

  • NYSACDL Annual Dinner – Save the Date

    NYSACDL will host its Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on January 26, 2012 at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan.  NYSACDL will honor Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman with the Hon. William Brennan Award for Outstanding [...]

  • No Death Sentence in Basciano Trial

    June 2, 2011: After deliberating for only two hours, a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a life sentence yesterday in the capital trial of Vincent Basciano.  Prosecutors had sought the [...]