Gerry Goldstein Tries to Prove Misconduct in Michael Morton Case Decades Later

As reported by the Austin American-Statesman on October 11th, 2011, Michael Morton has been released from prison after serving 25 years for a crime he did not commit, and his lawyers are looking to prove the prosecution botched the case. Gerry Goldstein, one of Morton’s lawyers, is working to have a vigorous investigation into the…
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New Evidence Frees Michael Morton after 25 Years in Prison

As reported by the Austin American-Statesman on October 3rd, 2011, Michael Morton will be released from prison after serving 25 years for the 1986 murder of his wife. New evidence proves the widow did not commit the crime. Recent DNA tests link the killing to another man, a felon identified as John Doe in court because…
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NACDL Supports U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Against Life Sentences Without Parole for Some Teenage Offenders

As reported by the Legal Dish, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28, 2010, that life sentences without parole cannot be handed out for juvenile offenders who commit crimes other than homicide. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers agreed with the court’s landmark decision, saying a life sentence without parole is as inappropriate as…
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Attorney Cynthia Orr Writes Opinion Article About When Law is Unfair

San Antonio attorney Cynthia Orr has practiced law for more than 20 years, and according to an opinion piece written for White Collar Crime Prof Blog, she has seen instances where criminal laws do not meet the basics of justice. Orr details the issues she faced in a case representing a physician who, among others at…
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Cynthia Orr Says DNA Exoneration Needs to Be Reformed

As reported by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Attorney Cynthia Orr said she thinks DNA exoneration practices should be reformed, saying the victims and those falsely imprisoned deserve a better system.  Although the Innocence Protection Act of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which provides for DNA testing and preservation of evidence, is…
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NACDL Part of Coalition Asking Attorney General to Reconsider Changes to Miranda Rights

A coalition of 35 organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to reconsider his request to weaken Miranda rights. Attorney Cynthia Orr, president of the NACDL, penned a letter to the official on behalf of the organization saying weakening Miranda laws would "undercut" fundamental rights in the…
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NACDL President Cynthia Orr Said the Press is Vital to Criminal Justice System

As reported by the Champion, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ publication, organization president Cynthia Orr said the press plays a crucial role in the way the criminal justice system functions. Orr said the press, also known as the Fourth Estate, is needed because journalism can be used to expose governmental abuses of power, discuss…
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NACDL Discusses How Scientific Evidence Can Affect Criminal Cases

According to a report released by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, forensic evidence that is used in court often in based on speculative research, interpretations and quality control procedures. The NACDL is supporting reform efforts in the forensic science community, and organization president Cynthia Orr said crime labs throughout the country have uncovered hundreds…
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NACDL President Cynthia Orr Said Sentencing Laws Should Change to Adapt to Circumstances

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Cynthia Orr said sentencing should be aimed at achieving success and addressing crime, rather than a general sentence to serve as a punishment. In the President Column in The Champion, Orr tells the story of a San Antonio man who was convicted of armed robbery and received a sentence…
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Ease Punishment for Crack Cocaine Possession

As reported by National Public Radio on March 23, 2010, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to lessen the punishment for possession of crack cocaine after decades of debates and lobbying. The current law punishes crack users 100 times more heavily than powder cocaine users, but the new Senate bill brings the 100-to-1 ratio down to…
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