Archive March 2020

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Important Materials Related to Workloads Litigation in Louisiana

Litigation and related campaigns to end excessive workloads have been underway for several years. In March 2020, NAPD General Counsel Steve Hanlon released a Statement to NAPD re the Decision in State v. Spears, as well as a Summary of the Impact of the State v. Spears Decision as it relates to the litigation to end excessive workloads in Louisiana.

Perspectives on COVID-90 from the Perspective of People Held in Jails and Prisons

Avi and Sajid discuss COVID-19 with Adnan Khan.  Adnan is the co-founder and executive director of Re:Store Justice (@restore_cal).  Adnan was incarcerated at 18 for a felony murder conviction.  He advocated for reform and was released after California largely abolished felony murder liability.  They discuss COVID-19 from the perspective of people held in jails and prisons.

Aider & Abettor: Podcast with Scott Hechinger

Aider & Abettor hosts  a conversation with Scott Hechinger, with Brooklyn Defender Services and the Zealous Project. Join them for a discussion of current public defense happenings and the opportunities to respond and reform systems.

McKinney v. Arizona: State courts can reweigh capital mitigators without a jury on collateral review

A state court may reweigh aggravating and mitigating circumstances without a jury after a death-sentenced defendant is granted relief on collateral review for failure to consider a mitigating circumstance at the original trial, the U.S. Supreme Court held February 25 in McKinney v. Arizona.

NAPD Sends Letter to Montgomery County Commissioners in Wake of Firing of Dean Beer and Keisha Hudson

As Chief and Deputy Chief of the Montgomery County Public Defender Office, Dean Beer and Keisha Hudson are transformative leaders who have helped build an organization with a national reputation for high quality, zealous advocacy on behalf of low-income people with system involvement in Montgomery County. 

ANG: The Defendant's Story

This week's episode is particularly special and unique as the jury trial story is told from the perspective of an actual defendant; a person brave enough to fight the system, risk his liberty, and go up against a lying deputy sheriff with a fragile ego.