Letters & Testimony

Seeking to promote rational and humane criminal justice policies for America, NACDL advocates before all three branches of the federal government. Below, please find official letters and testimony submitted to Congress and various government agencies on behalf of NACDL

2014

June 6, 2014, NACDL Letter to House and Senate Members re The Democracy Restoration Act of 2014 

June 6, 2014, NACDL Letter to Cosponsors of The Democracy Restoration Act of 2014 

May 28, 2014, NACDL Letter re Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410 

May 8, 2014, NACDL Letter re Functional Analysis of Subcommittee Composition and SAC/Sub Leadership 

April 8, 2014, NACDL Letter re S. 2022, The Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2014 

2013

December 20, 2013, NACDL Letter to FBI In Regards to Their Long Standing Practice of Not Electronically Recording Custodial Interrogations 

August 13, 2013, Letter from NACDL and Affiliates to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and the Administrative Office of Courts Concerning Impact of Funding Cuts 

July 23, 2013, Coalition Letter to the Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts, Re: "Sequestering Justice: How the Budget Crisis is Undermining Our Courts" 

July 23, 2013, Coalition Letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Re: Defenders Services budget 

July 19, 2013, Written Testimony of NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer Before the House Overcriminalization Task Force 

June 14, 2013,Written Testimony of NACDL President Steven Benjamin Before the House Overcriminalization Task Force 

April 2, 2013,Coalition Letter Opposing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) 

2012

November 21, 2012, Letter in Support of Leahy ECPA Amendment  

July 30, 2012, Coalition Letter on the Leahy Amendment to the Cybersecurity Act 

June 18, 2012, NACDL Letter to Senator Dick Durbin  on “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences” 

June 15, 2012, Coalition Sign-On Letter Re Leaks of Highly Classified Information 

June 11, 2012, Coalition Sign-On Letter Re Sunset of FISA Amendments Act of 2008 

June 5, 2012, Coalition Letter on “Ensuring that Federal Prosecutors Meet Discovery Obligations” 

May 3, 2012, NACDL and NAFD Advocacy Letter on H.R. 4970, the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012” 

April 23, 2012NACDL Advocacy Letter Endorsing 6 Principles for Cybersecurity Legislation 

April 23, 2012, Coalition Letter to the Senate on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 (“VAWA”) (S. 1925) 

April 18, 2012, NACDL Letter on the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Hearing on The Prosecution of Former Senator Ted Stevens 

March 28, 2012, NACDL Letter on the Senate Judiciary Hearing on the Special Counsel's Report on the Prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens 

February 27, 2012, Coalition Letter to Oppose Legislative Proposals (S. 605, S. 409, and S. 839) 

February 21, 2012, Coalition Letter on Guidance Concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 

February 16, 2012, Written Statement of NACDL President Lisa Wayne before the US Sentencing Commission on "Public Hearing on Federal Sentencing Options After Booker 

February 8, 2012, Written Statement of David Smith before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on "Combating Transnational Organized Crime: International Money Laundering as a Threat to our Financial Systems." 

February 6, 2012, NACDL Letter on Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Act of 2012 

2011

December 9, 2011, NACDL Letter on 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 

December 9, 2011, NACDL Letter on H.R. 1823, the "Criminal Code Modernization and Simplification Act of 2011" 

December 7, 2011, Written Statement of NACDL President Lisa Wayne before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on “Turning the Investigation on the Science of Forensics.” 

November 30, 2011, NACDL Letter on H.R. 2572, the "Clean Up Government Act of 2011" 

November 9, 2011, NACDL Letter on S. 1763, SAVE Native Women Act Tittle II -- tribal jurisdiction and criminal offenses 

October 11, 2011, NACDL Letter on Hearing on “Uncertain Justice: The Status of Federal Sentencing and the U.S. Sentencing Commission Six Years after U.S. v. Booker.” 

September 13, 2011, NACDL Letter on S. 1483, the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act.

August 2, 2011,NACDL Letter to Members of U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on "Drug and Veterans Treatment Courts." 

July 27, 2011NACDL Letter on S. 401, the Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act, and S. 995, the Public Officials Accountability Act. 

July 26, 2011, Written Statement of NACDL Board Member Timothy P. O'Toole Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on "H.R. 2572, the 'Clean Up Government Act of 2011.'" 

June 14, 2011, Written Statement of NACDL Director of White Collar Crime Policy Shana-Tara Regon Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism, and Homeland Security, on the "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act."

March 21, 2011NACDL Comments to the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Proposed Permanent Amendments. 

March 17, 2011, Written Statement of NACDL President Jim E. Lavine Before the United States Sentencing Commission on "Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines and Issues for Comment."

2010

December 2, 2010, NACDL Letter to Members of Congress on the "New Courthouse for the San Antonio Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas."

September 28, 2010, Written Statement of NACDL President Jim E. Lavine Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, on "Reigning in Overcriminalization: Assessing the Problems and Proposing Solutions."

September 28, 2010, Written Statement of Ellen S. Podgor Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, on "Reigning in Overcriminalization: Assessing the Problems and Proposing Solutions."

September 28, 2010, Written Statement of Timothy O'Toole on behalf of NACDL Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on "Restoring Key Tools To Combat Fraud and Corruption After the Supreme Court's Skilling Decision."

May 27, 2010, Written Statement of NACDL President Cynthia Hujar Orr Before the United States Sentencing Commission on "Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Provisions Under Federal Law."

May 11, 2010, NACDL Letter to Representative Carnahan in Support for the "Universal Access to Methamphetamine Treatment Act"

April 27, 2010, NACDL Letter to Senator Feinstein on Compensation for the Federal Judiciary (S. 2725) 

March 17, 2010, Written Statement of NACDL President Cynthia Hujar Orr; Mark Allenbaugh and Mark Rankin, Sentencing Committee; and Blair Brown, White Collar Crime Section; Before the United States Sentencing Commission on "Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines and Issues for Comment."

February 25, 2010, National Security Coalition Letter Opposing Any Motion to Recommit on the Intelligence Bill (HR 2701) That Would Bar Prosecution of Some Terrorism Defendants in Federal Criminal Court 

February 24, 2010, Written Statement of NACDL President Cynthia Hujar Orr Before the Maryland General Assembly, Judicial Proceedings Committee on "Senate Bill 97 Maryland Public Defense Oversight Commission."

February 19, 2010, National Security Coalition Letter Opposing S 2977, Which Would Bar Prosecution of Some Terrorism Defendants in Federal Criminal Courts.

2009

December 16, 2009, Written Statement from NACDL and The Sentencing Project to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on "Human Rights and the Law regarding United States Compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination."

December 10, 2009, Written Statement of Tova Indritz Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, on H.R. 1924 The "Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009."

December 10, 2009, Written Statement of Norman L. Reimer Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, on "Examining the State of Judicial Recusals after Caperton v. A.T. Massey."

November 17, 2009, National Security Coalition Letter to Oppose Inhofe Amendment (SA 2774) and DeMint Amendment (SA 2779) 

November 4, 2009, National Security Coalition Letter to Oppose Senate Amendment Barring Prosecutions in Federal Criminal Courts (SA 2669) 

October 30, 2009,NACDL Letter on S. 569, the "Incorporation, Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act."

October 29, 2009, National Security Coalition Letter in Support of the USA Patriot Amendments Act of 2009 (HR 3845) 

September 30, 2009, National Security Coalition Letter in Support of Amendments to the Reauthorization of the Patriot Act (S. 1686).

September 9, 2009, Written Statement of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States"

August 21, 2009, National Security Coalition Letter on Revisions to the Military Commissions Act in the Senate-Passed Version of the National Defense Authorization Act 

July 28, 2009, Letter to House of Representatives in Support of H.R. 3245, the "Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act."

July 22, 2009, Written Statement of President John Wesley Hall Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on "Over-criminalization of Conduct and Over-Federalization of Criminal Law"

June 25, 2009, Letter to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on Deferred Prosecution Agreements and Non-Prosecution Agreements 

June 10, 2009, Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in Support of the "National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009" (S. 714) 

June 9, 2009, Letter from President John Wesley Hall to House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security in support of H.R. 2289, the "Juvenile Justice Accountability and Improvement Act of 2009"

June 4, 2009, Written Statement of President John Wesley Hall Before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on "Indigent Representation: A Growing National Crisis

May 21, 2009, Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Investigate Domestic Surveillance Laws  

May 20, 2009, Coalition Letter in Support of the State Secrets Protection Act (S 417) 

May 19, 2009, NACDL Letter of Support for the Equal Justice for Our Military Act (HR 569, S 357) 

April 29, 2009, Written Statement of President John Wesley Hall Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs on Restoring Fairness to Federal Sentencing: Addressing the Crack-Powder Sentencing Disparity 

April 21, 2009, Letter to House of Representatives in Support of H.R. 265, the "Drug Sentencing Reform and Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act" and H.R. 1459, the "Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act"

April 21, 2009, Letter to Senate in Support of the Elimination of the Crack Cocaine Sentencing Disparity 

April 15, 2009, Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Leaders in support of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA)

April 1, 2009, Written Statement of Barry Pollack Before the House Judiciary Committee on Proposals to Fight Fraud and Protect Taxpayers 

March 26, 2009, Written Statement of President John Wesley Hall Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the Representation of Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases 

March 24, 2009, Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Ranking Member on Possible Amendments to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection Act Increasing the Number of Youth Tried in Adult Court 

March 23, 2009, Letter to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act: Barriers to Timely Compliance by States 

March 2, 2009, Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Federal Reporters' Shield Legislation 

March 2, 2009, Letter to House Judiciary Committee regarding Federal Reporters' Shield Legislation 

February 26, 2009, Letter From NACDL and the Heritage Foundation to Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act 

February 11, 2009, Letter From NACDL and the Heritage Foundation to Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act 

2008

September 12, 2008, Letter from Tova Indritz to Senate Sponsors of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008 

April 3, 2008, Testimony of David B. Smith Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on Legislative Proposals to Amend Federal Restitution Laws 

February 12, 2008, Written Statement of President Carmen Hernandez before Senate Judiciary Committee on Federal Cocaine Sentencing Laws 

February 5, 2008, Letter to Senate in Support of The Drug Sentencing Reform And Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act 

February 5, 2008, Letter to House of Representatives in Support of The Drug Sentencing Reform And Cocaine Kingpin Trafficking Act 

January 30, 2008, Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in Support of S. 2450 and Proposed Rule of Evidence 502 

January 16, 2008, Letter to House of Representatives in Support of the Youth PROMISE Act 

January 15, 2008, Letter to Senate and House Party and Judiciary Leaders Regarding Federal Judicial Compensation Legislation 

2007

May 23, 2007, Written Statement of President Martin Pinales--Rising Crime in the United States 

March 12, 2007, Letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committee Leaders Regarding Federal Judicial Compensation 

2005

December 14, 2005, Letter to Congress Regarding H.R. 4437 (Border Protection, Anti-terrorism , and Illegal Immigration) 

November 9, 2005, Written Statement of President Barbara Bergman- Regarding Cameras in the Courtroom 

September 23, 2005, Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee members opposing expansion of the CODIS database (S. 1197) 

April 12, 2005, Letter to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act 

February 9, 2005, Letter to the House & Senate Judiciary Committee Members Urging Restraint on Criminal Sentencing (signed by leading business associations) 

2004

April 14, 2004, NACDL Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Members opposing the expansion of the CODIS database (S. 1700).

2003

March 11, 2003, NACDL Letter to House & Senate Judiciary Committee members in support of Innocence Protection Act.

February 20, 2003, NACDL Letter to U.S. Sentencing Commission regarding Federal Cocaine Sentencing Policies 

February 12, 2003, Letter for Senate to Amend or Oppose the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act (S. 153) 

February 11, 2003, Letter to Senate to Amend or Oppose the PROTECT Act (S. 151) 

January 30, 2003, Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in Opposition to certain provisions in the PROTECT Act (S. 151) 

2002

July 24, 2002, Letter from NACDL, ACLU & FAMM to Conferees on Corporate Responsibility Legislation, to Oppose Creating a General Attempt Crime in Financial Responsibility Bills.

June 12, 2002, Written Statement of NACDL President Irwin H. Schwartz Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on "Reducing the Risk of Executing the Innocent: The Report of the Illinois Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment."

June 5, 2002, NACDL Letter from President Irwin Schwartz to Members of the Senate on Revisions to the Attorney General's Guidelines Governing Criminal Investigations.

March 19, 2002, Written Statement of NACDL President Irwin H. Schwartz Before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on "Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines."

2001

December 4, 2001, Written Statement of Gerald H. Goldstein on "DOJ Oversight: Preserving Our Freedoms While Defending Against Terrorism."

June 27, 2001, Written Statement of Stephen B. Bright Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on "The Innocence Protection Act of 2001."

July 26, 2001, Written Statement of Professor David M. Zlotnick Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime on "The Consumer Product Protection Act of 2001."

June 12, 2001, Written Statement of Barry Scheck Before the Committee on Government Reforms, Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management, and Intergovernmental Relations on "How Effectively are State and Federal Agencies Working Together to Implement the Use of Newly Developed DNA Technologies."

June 11, 2001, Written Statement of William H. Buckman Before the United States Congressional Black Caucus on Racial Profiling.

March 19, 2001, Written Statement of Edward A. Mallet Before the United States Sentencing Commission on "Proposed Amendments to Ecstasy Guidelines."

2000

October 13, 2000, Testimony Questions for Carmen D. Hernandez on "Oversight of the United States Sentencing Commission: Are the Guidelines Being Followed?"

October 13, 2000, Written Statement of Carmen D. Hernandez Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Oversight on "Oversight of the United States Sentencing Commission."

September 21, 2000, Written Statement of E.E. Bo Edwards Before the Judicial Review Commission on the "Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act."

June 13, 2000, Testimony by Barry Scheck Before Judiciary Committee on Post-Conviction DNA Testing 

May 11, 2000, Written Statement of William B. Moffitt Before the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources on "Drug Sentencing Policy."

February 29, 2000, Written Statement of Samuel Guiberson Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Oversight and House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime on "Internet Denial of Service Attacks and the Federal Response."

1999

July 21, 1999, Written Statement of Samuel J. Buffone Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Oversight on "Oversight of Federal Asset Forfeiture: Its Rule in Fighting Crime."

February 4, 1999, Written Statement  of Gerald Lefcourt Before the American Bar Association Ethics 2000 Commission 

May 6, 1999, Written Statement of Gerald Lefcourt Before the Senate Committee on Government Affairs on Federalism and Crime Control 

1998

November 9, 1998, Written Statement  of Professor Frank O. Bowman and Stephen L. Sepinuck Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution on the "Background and History of Impeachment."

April 1, 1998, Written Statement of Gerald B. Lefcourt Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Commerce, Justice and State, and the Judiciary "Regarding the Fiscal year 1999 Appropriation for Defender Services."

March 23, 1998, Written Statement of Speedy Rice "Against the Death Penalty" to the 54th United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

March 12, 1998, Written Statement of Leslie Hagin before the Subcommittee on the Constitution United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on the "Citizen Protection Act of 1998."

1997

September 29, 1997, Testimony by Gerald B. Lefcourt -- Hearings Regarding Problems with the FBI Lab 

September 18, 1997, Testimony by E.E. (Bo) Edwards -- Written Statement on Criminal Forfeiture 

July 22, 1997, Testimony by E.E. (Bo) Edwards, David B. Smith, Richard J. Troberman -- Written Statement Regarding H.R. 1916 ("Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act") and the Current Federal Asset Seizure and Forfeiture 

June 11, 1997, Testimony by David B. Smith -- Hearings on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 1997 

June 11, 1997, Testimony by Gerald B. Lefcourt -- Hearings on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 1997 

June 11, 1997, Testimony by Susan Davis, C.P.A. -- Hearings on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 1997 

June 11, 1997, Testimony by E.E. (Bo) Edwards -- Written Statement Regarding Bi-Partisan Bill to Provide a More Just and Uniform Procedure for Federal Civil Asset Forfeitures 

June 11, 1997, Testimony by David B. Smith -- Written Statement Regarding Bi-Partisan Bill to Provide a More Just and Uniform Procedure for Federal Civil Asset Forfeitures 

May 13, 1997, Testimony by Dan S. Alcorn -- Written Statement on Oversight Hearings into the Forensic Laboratory of the Federal Bureau of Investigation 

April 17, 1997, Testimony by Judy Clarke -- Fiscal Year 1998 Appropriation for Defender Services 

April 16, 1997, Testimony by Elisabeth Semel -- Victims' Rights Amendment, S.J. Res. 6 (105th Congress) (Now S.J. Res. 44 pending in the U.S. Senate, 105th Congress) 

1996

March 6, 1996, Testimony by Jeralyn E. Merritt -- Written Statement Regarding Federal Marijuana Sentencing 

July 12, 1996, Testimony by William B. Moffitt -- Written Statement Regarding "Three Strikes" Sentencing 

September 12, 1996, Testimony by Tim Evans -- Written Statement Regarding H.R. 3386 ("Ethical Standards for Federal Prosecutors Act of 1996") 

September 12, 1996, Testimony by Tim Evans -- Ethical Standards For Federal Prosecutors Act Of 1996; H.R. 3386 (104th Congress) 

July 22, 1996, Testimony by E.E. "Bo" Edwards -- Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act; H.R. 1916 

July 12, 1996, Testimony by William B. Moffitt -- "Three Strikes" Sentencing 

July 11, 1996, Testimony by Elisabeth A. Semel -- Proposed "Victims' Rights" Amendment: H.J. 173 & H.J. 174 (104th Congress) 

1995

October 24, 1995, Testimony by Loren Weiss -- S.1101, The Federal Courts Improvement Act 

July 21, 1995, Testimony by Tim Evans -- Written Statement Regarding Executive Branch Conduct in the matter of the Branch Davidians 

July 19, 1995, Testimony by Jack Zimmermann -- Waco Hearings 

July 19, 1995, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- Written Statement Regarding Executive Branch Conduct In the Matter of the Branch Dividians 

July 12, 1995, Testimony by William Moffitt -- Written Statement Regarding "Three Strikes" Sentencing 

June 30, 1995, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- Written Statement Regarding H.R. 1678 and Hubbard v. United States 

June 29, 1995, Testimony by William Moffitt -- Written Statement Regarding Cocaine Sentencing Disparity 

May 11, 1995, Testimony by Richard Kammen -- Defender Services Appropriation for FY 1996 

April 10, 1995, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- Cocaine Sentencing 

April 6, 1995, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- Written Statement Regarding International Terrorism 

March 28, 1995, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- Written Statement Regarding Habeas Corpus Reform 

March 10, 1995, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- Written Statement In Opposition to Section 507 of S. 3, "Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act" 

January 19, 1995, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- Written Statement Regarding Habeas Corpus Reform 

1994

March 1, 1994, Testimony by Gerald H. Goldstein -- Written Statement Concerning "Correcting the Revolving Door of Justice: New Approaches to Recidivism" and "Three Strikes and You're Out" Proposals 

December 16, 1994, Testimony by Gerald Goldstein -- The Proposed Long Range Plan for the Federal Courts 

Hard Copy Only

The following testimony is available on hardcopy only. 

To receive a copy, please contact NACDL's Legislative Director at (202) 872-8600 ext. 226. 

February 29, 1996, Testimony by William J. Genego -- Proposed Changes in Federal Rules of Evidence, Appellate Procedure and Criminal Procedure

December 15, 1995, Testimony by James Farragher Campbell -- Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

September 28, 1995, Testimonyby Marvin D. Miller -- H.R. 1552 False Identification Act & H.R. 2359 To Create "Death Capital USA" in Terre Haute, IN

July 1995, Testimony by Dick DeGuerin -- Waco Hearings

 

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