Apri 8th 2014- Four bills by State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez were approved today in the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, passing with unanimous support.
AB 2603 clarifies the state laws related to prescription medicines, specifically protecting the ability of authorized representatives – such as a family member or caregiver -- to legally pick up and transport a prescription medication on behalf of the prescription holder. This protects access to prescription medications for the ill, infirm, elderly, and those in rural/remote areas who rely on others to access the medications they need. The bill is sponsored by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
March 17th 2014- Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-South Los Angeles) has introduced SB 1010, co-sponsored by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), to set the same penalties for sale of crack cocaine as now apply to the equally illegal sale of powder cocaine. In current California law, sentences for intent-to-sell crack convictions range from three to five years, but for powder only two to four years. Because crack cocaine is cheaper than the powdered version, there are more crack convictions in low income and minority communities. Senator Mitchell’s bill would correct the unjustified disparity in sentencing, probation and asset forfeiture guidelines for low level crack and powder cocaine offenses. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates millions of dollars in savings for state and local governments if SB 1010 becomes law.
On April 1, various members of the CACJ legislative committee arrived in Sacramento for its annual lobby day. CACJ members participated in various activities such as testifying in committee, meeting with the chief consultant for Assembly public safety, and discussing CACJ's 2014 legislative priorities with multiple legislators.
Learn more and see photos from the event here.
CACJ mentioned by the Supreme Court Chief Justice
CACJ was mentioned by name in Chief Justice's dissent in the opinion for Kaley vs US. He referenced the Amicus Curiae Brief filed by CACJ on Jul 3 2013, by John Owens, a team from Munger Tolles in Los Angeles, and they were joined by Amicus Chair John Philipsborn.
CACJ CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE FOR THE ACCUSED!
Since its founding in 1973, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice has become one of the country's largest statewide organizations of criminal defense lawyers and allied professionals dedicated to preserve due process and equal protection in the courtroom and the legislature as guaranteed by the Constitution.
CACJ LEGISLATIVE NEWS – YOUR VOICE AT THE CAPITOL!!!!
CACJ's Public Policy Director, Ignacio Hernandez, of Hernandez Strategy Group, http://www.hernandezstrategy.com provides continuous and aggressive representation on criminal defense legislation at the Capitol. CACJ's Legislative Committee meets weekly to review current legislation and establish strategies to effectively engage policy makers in passing, amending or defeating legislation through committee testimony and direct lobbying.
Legislative News can be read here, and Legislative Updates can be accessed by members
NEW LAWYERS DIVISION
CACJ has established a New Lawyers Division (NLD) to assist new attorneys in the beginning of their practice with the help of the best practitioners and legal scholars in our state. CACJ is the only private resource available that can effectively and consistently assist young attorneys in developing their knowledge and skills necessary to be effective advocates.
||More information on the New Lawyers Division can be found here.