NACDL President Cynthia Orr Said DWI Cases Should Be Treated More Seriously

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Cynthia Orr said although drunk driving and DWI cases are seen as routine and insubstantial to some attorneys, they should be treated more seriously. In the President’s Column in The Champion, the NACDL’s monthly publication, Orr said DWI and drunk driving convictions often carry life-altering punishments, which can…
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NACDL President Cynthia Orr Discusses Suit to End Renegade Commissions

As reported by the NACDL, attorneys for two Guantanamo defendants have filed a lawsuit in federal court to halt renegade military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. NACDL President Cynthia Orr said the DC Circuit must bring the commissions to a halt – as President Barack Obama ordered – before they inflict any more damage on…
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NACDL President Cynthia Orr Said Country Needs to Reexamine Drug Laws

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Cynthia Orr said the country needs to rethink the structure of its drug laws and the way the criminal justice system handles drug users. About 500,000 men and women are incarcerated for a drug offense, and they are disproportionately poor, minorities or immigrants, Orr said in a NACDL statement….
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NACDL President Cynthia Orr Said Harris County Indigent-Defense System Needs Improvements

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Cynthia Orr said Harris County, which includes Houston, should implement a public defender office without delay for the benefit of the taxpayers and the defendants. Her statements, along with fellow attorney Norman Lefstein’s were published on September 25th, 2009, by the Houston Chronicle. The county has struggled in…
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NACDL Releases Report on Criminal Costs of Treatment and Reform

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released a report on the value of problem-solving courts, a topic that is often debated among criminal defense lawyers. Some think the courts are a much-needed advancement, while others disagree, saying they are destroying the system. The two-year, volunteer-run project includes a history and evolution of drug courts, evaluates their…
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Gerry Goldstein Testified on Behalf of NACDL About Waco Search

Gerry Goldstein, president of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, testified on behalf of the organization regarding Fourth Amendment privacy concerns following the tragedy in Waco, Texas. Goldstein, a lawyer from San Antonio, said the Fourth Amendment is in place to protect the rights of privacy for American citizens. However, in the Waco case, a 77-acre…
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Gerry Goldstein Represented NACDL in Opposition of HR Hubbard v. United States

Gerry Goldstein, president of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, wrote a letter stating the organization opposed HR Hubbard v. United States, saying there is no need to expand prosecutorial power. In the letter, published on June 30th, 1995, Goldstein said the resolution would trivialize the federal crime code, granting prosecutors an unfair advantage over their…
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Gerry Goldstein Represented NACDL on International Terrorist Hearing

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Gerry Goldstein wrote a letter on behalf of the organization urging the Judiciary Committee to hold additional hearing for a resolution regarding international terrorism laws.  Goldstein, a San Antonio-based lawyer, said the house should consider the severity of the law, saying the label “terrorist” can be life changing…
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NACDL President Gerry Goldstein said Organization Opposes “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act”

Gerry Goldstein, president of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, wrote a statement on behalf of the organization opposing the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act,” saying it has a lack of respect for human dignity and constitutional principles. The letter, addressed to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, said the rights of the…
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NACDL Supports Proposed Long Range Plan for Federal Courts

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President Gerry Goldstein wrote a letter on behalf of the organization saying it supports the Proposed Long Range Plan for Federal Courts. The December 16th, 1994 letter, addressed to Committee on Long Range Planning Judicial Conference of the United States, said the NACDL and its members support the concept of planning, to enable…
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