"The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the only statewide association of lawyers in Massachusetts devoted exclusively to serving all segments of the defense bar. According to our mission statement: MACDL's mission is to preserve the adversary system of justice; to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime. MACDL will be an advocate for the advocate." If you practice criminal defense law in Massachusetts, you belong in MACDL.
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From the Sentencing Project
Marc Mauer, of the Sentencing Project in Washington D.C. offered to share with us two shadow reports submitted by The Sentencing Project to the U.N. Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) later this month. The first report, Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System documents the impact of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and how they violate the ICCPR, which the United States ratified in 1992.
The second report, Democracy Imprisoned: A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States, details the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States in violation of the ICCPR.
It was co-authored with the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Hip Hop Caucus.
Announcement: Brownlow Speer Award for Appellate Advocacy
MACDL is proud to announce the creation of the Brownlow Speer Award for Appellate Advocacy, to recognize those defense lawyers whose appellate work exemplifies the highest standards of dedication and excellence in the service of those accused of crime, and the presentation of the first such award to its namesake, Brownlow Speer. Certificate
Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Memorandum on Parole Eligibility
CLICK HERE for the current EOPSS interpretation of the mandatory-minimum provisions of the new sentencing statute. This will benefit people serving sentences on August 2. But defense attorneys should be aware that defendants facing charges on August 2 are not covered by this memo, nor are individuals whose crimes occur post- August 2.
Mass. Lawyers Call for Independent Probe of DPH Lab
MACDL joined with the Mass. Bar Association, CPCS and the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts in calling for an independent probe of the scandal at the DPH Crime Lab.
"In order for an expanded investigation to be deemed credible and beyond reproach, to truly expedite an incontrovertible resolution to the crisis, and to fully restore public confidence in our criminal justice system, the body that steers this investigation must be one that has not, and cannot be perceived as having any stake in the outcome of the investigation," the letter stated.
The complete letter can be found here.
The Springfield Union Leader has posted an article on it's web site www.unionleader.com For a direct link to the article, go to http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/Mass-lawyers-call-for-outside-probe-of-drug-lab-3978452.php, For a PDF version, click here.
CPCS Sample Memos for Hinton Lab cases.
MACDL Members Only - click here.
Committee for Public Counsel Services Issues a Notice re: Hinton Crime Lab
DPH Crime Lab Investigation
As the press has been reporting over the last several days, serious misconduct at the Hinton crime lab in Jamaica Plain has led the Governor to close the lab.
This unfolding investigation indicates that some or all of the evidence from that lab is tainted and cannot support prosecutions. Any case involving evidence from that lab deserves careful scrutiny in light of this new information, which is only beginning to come out, before any such case goes to trial or plea. The spokesperson for the State Police has indicated that as many as 34,000 cases may be involved.
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