On Federal Hate Crimes Legislation
National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers takes the position that it cannot support HCPA as focused; and,
NACDL call upon the federal government to draft legislation which would empower federal authorities to investigate the bias of state and federal law enforcement, to ensure fairness in decisions about what crimes to prosecute and to guarantee the unbiased treatment of the accused.
Approving Sending of a Letter to Janet Reno Regarding the Soriano Ruling
NACDL send the following letter to the Attorney General, urging her to
(1) Immediately adopt the Second Circuit standard nationwide by allowing otherwise eligible immigrants whose immigration cases were pending when AEDPA was enacted on April 24, 1996 to be considered for Section 212(c) relief; and
(2) Withdraw the Soriano ruling and reissue a decision that rejects retroactive elimination of Section 212(c) and preserves waiver eligibility in cases where the underlying criminal offense occurred before AEDPA was signed into law on April 24, 1996.
Creating the Indigent Defense Coordinator Position
The Indigent Defense Committee accepts its responsibility for defining and shaping the particular duties of the Indigent Defense Coordinator, regularly evaluating performance of the Indigent Defense Coordinator and having a close working relationship.