Archive January 2022

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NAPD Welcomes S. Jai Simpson-Joseph as DEI Director

 “My vision for NAPD included the critical priority of bringing a DEI Director to the NAPD team. I am thrilled to announce that Jai Simpson-Joseph will serve in this role. She will lead us as we review our strategic initiatives, institutionalize approaches that align with our DEI goals, and provide responsive support to our national community of public defender advocates."

Van Buren v. U.S.: Using computer database for improper purpose does not violate Computer Fraud and Abuse Act if person had lawful access to database

Even though a police officer used a computer database to which he had access for an improper purpose, this did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 3 in Van Buren v. United States.

Dismantling Performative Allyship and the Woke Public Defender

We all remember the summer of 2020.  In the public defender community, we rallied, we cried, we issued statements in support of Black lives after George Floyd was murdered on camera. That is a good first step, but what is next?

Terry v. U.S.: First Step sentence reduction for crack offenses applies only to people previously sentenced to mandatory minimums

A person convicted of a crack offense is eligible for a sentence reduction under the First Step Act only if they were convicted of a crack offense that triggered a mandatory minimum sentence, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 14 in Terry v. United States.