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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. 

October 2011

  • NYSACDL Supports Call to Investigate NYPD Stop & Frisk Policy

    October 24, 2011 – In response to recent news that an NYPD officer has been arrested for violating the civil rights of a black man whom he arrested on false charges, (Officer Accused of Civil [...]

  • Appellate Division Backs Judge Blumenfeld

    Refuses to Grant Queens District Attorney’s Article 78 NYSACDL Amicus Brief Submitted in Support of Judge Blumenfeld   The Appellate Division, Second Department, issued a ruling on October 4, 2011 denying the Queens District Attorney’s [...]

  • Michael Dowd Obtains Acquittal in Domestic Abuse Case

    October 6, 2011 – A jury in State Supreme Court in Queens has acquitted Barbara Sheehan of second-degree murder charges. ┬áMs. Sheehan shot and killed her husband of over 20 years, ex-NYPD Sergeant Raymond Sheehan. [...]