The False Promise of DNA Testing, The Atlantic, June 2016
Citing 'Bedessie,' Split Panel Overturns Murder Conviction, NYLJ, May 20, 2016
Reclaiming Innocence: Brooklyn’s Fight to Reverse Wrongful Convictions, The Crime Report, May 19, 2016
“Speedy Trial” Guarantee Does Not Apply to Sentencing, SCOTUSBlog, May 19, 2016
When Parole Boards Trump the Supreme Court, The Marshall Project, May 19, 2016
The Legal Aid Society Calls on the State Legislature to Reform New York's Gravity Knife Statute, Legal Aid News, May 18, 2016
ASSOCIATION UPDATESNYSDA Board Endorses ILS Eligibility Criteria and Procedures and State Funding of Public Defense Including Compliance with All ILS standards. The Board of Directors passed two resolutions recently. One, passed on April 29, 2016, endorses the criteria and standards for determining eligibility when individuals apply for public defense representation; those standards were issued by the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) on April 4 after well-documented work by ILS to determine current practices, best practices, and needed reforms. The NYSDA Board found that implementation of the new eligibility standards "will improve the fairness and efficiency of eligibility determinations across the state, benefitting potential public defense clients, the judiciary, and justice[.]"
The second NYSDA Board resolution, passed on May 2, 2016, "supports the timely implementation of the State's responsibility" to fully fund county public defense programs including costs incurred by complying with ILS standards. All existing ILS standards, including the eligibility standards and the standards for trial level representation, appellate representation, and representation of parents in Family Court, can be found on the ILS website.