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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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April 2012

  • Senate Passes Bail Legislation

    The State Senate passed legislation (on April 18, 2012) allowing judges to consider the safety of alleged victims and their families when setting bail.  In opposing the bill, NYSACDL President Richard Willstatter notes that prosecutors [...]

  • Forensic Science Accreditation Assessment Information Available

    Materials provided to the New York State Commission on Forensic Sciences which include accreditation assessments, records of laboratory errors, problems with personnel proficiency exams, and how individual labs address problems are now available online:  http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/pio/openmeetings.htm. [...]

  • NYSDA Funding Restored

    SUCCESS! The call for restoration of funding for NYSDA’s Public Defense Backup Center has paid off.  Last week, NYSDA reported that it has received over $2 million in requested funding in the final budget. NYSDA’s [...]

  • Effective Assistance Includes Plea Advice

    Recognizing that the plea bargaining process is an integral part of the criminal justice system, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the Sixth Amendment guarantee to effective assistance of counsel extends to the plea [...]