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By Norman L. Reimer, Former NACDL Executive Director

May 2021 issue of The Champion

Overcriminalization, and its inevitable consequence, mass incarceration, are the hallmark of America’s failed criminal legal system. Mindless resort to the assertion of the state’s prosecutorial power to address every real or imagined problem is a phenomenon…


By Chris Adams, NACDL Immediate Past President

May 2021 issue of The Champion

Three weeks ago, I was awakened by a shrill alarm at 4:00 a.m. I needed to make the morning’s first flight out of Charleston for a suppression hearing three states away. …


By Norman L. Reimer, NACDL Executive Director

April 2021 issue of The Champion

Robert Rose was a teenager charged with killing his mother’s abusive boyfriend after a late-night confrontation on the stoop outside his mother’s home. In the course of a struggle over a gun, Robert shot him. Robert had…


By Chris Adams, NACDL President

April 2021 issue of The Champion

If it were easy being a criminal defense lawyer, anyone could do it. Of course, there are spectacular days when we win justice for our clients. But there are also days when we leave the courthouse bloodied, dejected, and…


By Chris Adams, NACDL President

March 2021 issue of The Champion

As a young public defender, we had an annual statewide conference. After hours, these conferences were uniformly outstanding social events, but the days were filled with inconsistent legal education. O ne of the most dreaded sessions was the annual…


By Norman L. Reimer, NACDL Executive Director

March 2021 issue of The Champion

Editor’s Note: To commemorate the passage of one year since the advent of the pandemic, a year of challenge like few in the nation’s history, NACDL Executive Director Norman L. …


By Chris Adams, NACDL President

January-February 2021 issue of The Champion

On January 25, 1889, the federal government hanged Richard Smith, a Choctaw Indian, for a murder on tribal land in Arkansas. In the history of the death penalty in the United States, executions have been common in election years…


By Norman L. Reimer, NACDL Executive Director

December 2020 issue of The Champion

Summary: In December 2020, NACDL released model legislation and an accompanying report discussing “second look” legislation. The proposed legislation is a fully developed draft bill for consideration by the states.

Except for the persistence of capital punishment…


By Norman L. Reimer, NACDL Executive Director

January/February 2021 issue of The Champion

March 22, 2021, Intro to Medium Edition: The recent series of stories targeting people for using connections and other resources in an effort to secure clemency for deserving individuals only highlights what is yet another glaring problem…


By Norman L. Reimer, NACDL Executive Director

November 2020 issue of The Champion

Back in August 2014, in remarks delivered at NACDL’s Annual Meeting, then-Attorney General Eric Holder sounded an alarm bell about the use of risk assessment tools. While noting that intensive analysis and data-driven approaches can be useful…

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