NACDL President Gerald B. Lefcourt's written statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Commerce, Justice and State, and the Judiciary regarding adequate funding for defense services at every level and other measures to prevent prosecutorial abuse, all addressed in the Citizens Protection Act of 1998 (H.R. 3396).
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of Petitioners.
Argument: The statute of limitations in government penalty actions is not extended by a discovery rule. The Second Circuit’s rule will hamper the ability of individuals and corporations to arrange their affairs. And repose for penalty actions supplies an important check against abuses of enforcement power.