Lack of Warrant to Use Locator Device Prompts Suppression, NYLJ, July 14, 2016
ACLU Wants Deportation of Veterans Stopped, Courthouse News, July 11, 2016
Failing the Field Sobriety Tests without Being Drunk, Lawrence Taylor's DUI Blog, July 11, 2016
Legal Aid Works to Shed Light on Police Misconduct, Accountability, In the News, July 8, 2016
How a $2 Roadside Drug Test Sends Innocent People to Jail, NY Times, July 7, 2016
Teaching Prison Inmates About Their Own Brain Trauma Could Help Them Rehabilitate, Newsweek, June 29, 2016
ASSOCIATION UPDATESPublic Defense Reform Act Sponsors Honored. Two legislators received NYSDA's Service of Justice Award during the Association's 49th Annual Conference. Assemblymember Patricia Fahy (D-Albany) and Senate Deputy Majority Leader John A. DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) were honored for their bipartisan legislation that, if signed into law, will require the State to reimburse counties for public defense services costs, phased in over seven years. Stephen Button, County Attorney and former Public Defender, St. Lawrence County, was a co-awardee, for providing support that was instrumental in passing this historic bill. NYSDA has supported the legislation since its inception, as noted in testimony during State budget hearings, and lauded its passage. Editorials calling on the Governor to sign the legislation have appeared from Niagara County to the Hudson Valley and the City, and elsewhere across the state. The New York State Association of Counties, which released a white paper on the legislation, strongly advocates for its implementation; many county legislatures and county executives have issued statements of support as well.
Public Defense Lawyers Recognized for Achievements, Passion for Justice. For her tireless work helping ensure that immigration consequences for clients are addressed in public defense cases across the state, Joanne Macri received NYSDA's Wilfred R. O'Connor Award. Macri is currently Director of Regional Initiatives for the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services; she was lauded for her excellent and passionate work in a variety of settings, from direct client representation and assisting other attorneys to training and policy development.
Also presented at the conference was the Kevin M. Andersen Award; it recognizes public defense attorneys who exemplify the sense of justice, determination, and compassion that were the hallmarks of its late namesake from the Genesee County Public Defender Office. The 2016 award went to Scott Levy, Director of The Bronx Defenders Fundamental Fairness Project.
A Year's Worth of CLE, Relevant and Well-Presented. Hundreds of public defense lawyers received up to 12 mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) credits over two days on subjects relevant to their practices on July 25-26. They heard appellate court updates, information on working with – or challenging – pathologists providing testimony in gunshot cases; ethical and constitutional issues, as well as tactics, in plea bargaining; representing juveniles in criminal court; new tactics for overcoming prosecution non-compliance with Brady; and asserting clients' rights to addiction medication. That last topic featured materials from The Legal Action Center, available here.