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    • This case has received widespread attention and been closely watched by courts and bar associations across the country. The much anticipated decision by the Supreme Court of Kentucky is certain to have a broad national impact on the practice of criminal cases, both in terms of law and ethics. It is a comprehensive, well-reasoned analysis that should be required reading for defenders and prosecutors alike.
    • We know that juries give eyewitnesses way too much credence, given their unreliability. If we learn anything from the parade of DNA exonerations, we see that – more than any other reason - people are wrongfully convicted based on eyewitness MIS-identifications. But that wasn't the situation in these two cases you would think, because they knew the defendants personally before each of the shootings.
    • Last week’s comments by our mayor, Bill DeBlasio inspired us to whip up a Twitter-storm. DeBlasio, who campaigned as a critic of Stop and Frisk and an ally to the poor, advised New Yorkers recently: "When a police officer comes to the decision that it's time to arrest someone, that individual is obligated to submit to arrest...They will then have every opportunity for due process in our court system."
    • Public defender and assigned counsel leaders can influence criminal justice policies. We increase our public policy effectiveness when we partner with creative coalitions, unusual supporters of a particular bill or issue.

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