Advocates for the defense for over 40 years!
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice supports Proposition 47. Proposition
47 will improve the quality of Justice in our State while promoting safe
neighborhoods and schools. Please join us at the polls this November and
vote for Proposition 47.
Eric H. Schweitzer California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Board of Governors, Co-Chair
September 29, 2014
Maintaining the Status Quo on
Brady Violations is not a Sufficient Deterrent to Prevent a Growing National
"Epidemic" of Prosecutorial Misconduct
The California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a statewide association
of criminal defense attorneys, is disappointed with Governor Jerry Brown's
decision to veto Assembly Bill 885.
AB 885, CACJ sponsored bill, would have allowed a court, at its discretion,
to read a jury instruction when a prosecutor intentionally or knowingly
withheld evidence that may have prove the innocence of a defendant.
In Governor Brown's veto statement, he states that "prosectuorial
misconduct should never be tolerated." We agree wholeheartedly. Governor
Brown also writes, "under current law, judges have an array of remedies
at their disposal if discovery violation comes to light during trial."
CACJ cannot sit back and rely on the status quo. It is clear that many
judges do not regularly use whatever remedies the Governor referred to
and these remedies are insufficient deterrents. We know prosecutors continue
to strategically withhold evidence from the defense because
Brady violations persist and innocent individuals are being wrongfully imprisoned
in California. Unfortunately, prosecutors face little, if any, consequences.
Prosecutorial misconduct can happen to anyone. The possibility of one more
person being wrongfully convicted, such as Obie Anthony, should have tipped
the scales in favor of this moderate measure. Mr. Anthony was wrongfully
convicted of murder and attempted robbery in 1995. Mr. Anthony was sentenced
to life without the possibility of parole and spent 17 years in prison.
CACJ will continue fighting to protect the innocent and ensure justice
New Problem Could Torpedo Guilt Cold-Case Murder Trial
San Jose Mercury News
A pending case in Santa Clara County, where the DA withheld 10,000 pages
of discovery until 2 weeks before jury trial on a homicide, and also failed
to disclose that he was having an affair with the lead criminalist in
the case who provided the key DNA results in a "cold hit" murder,
is threatening to torpedo the trial of two brothers accused of a 25-year-old
"cold case" murder.
The evidence issue comes as Gov. Jerry Brown considers whether to sign
Assembly Bill 885,
sponsored by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, which would allow judges to tell a jury when a prosecutor has intentionally
concealed potentially helpful evidence to the defense.
"Everybody that has ever tried cases," Barry Scheck said, "knows
this (prosecutorial misconduct involving withheld evidence) is a problem."
CONTACT: Mary Bisbee-Beek
'WE THE PEOPLE SELFIE AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY' IN SUPPORT OF
A NEVERLAND PUBLICATIONS INITIATIVE
Utilizing social media and the recently popularized "selfie" image,
We The People Against the Death Penalty brings together an internationally diverse group of people to make a simple
yet resounding statement against the continued use of the death penalty.
A simple self-portrait featured with the completed statement "I stand
against the death penalty because…" allows people all over
the world to voice their opposition to the death penalty in both a creative
and personal way, and in turn demonstrate their support for the
Final Words project. Each image will be uploaded to the final-words.org website and
featured as a single collection. For each supporter of the
Final Words crowd-funding campaign, their "selfie" and statement against
the death penalty will be featured in the traveling exhibition as a testament
to the grassroots nature of
California reduces deportations for minor crimes
By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press | July 21, 2014
"Amazingly, the fact that it's 364 means it's not an aggravated
felony under federal law," said Steven Rease, a criminal defense
attorney in Monterey County. "It's a very small change in terms
of 365, 364, but it's going to make all the difference in the world
to a legal immigrant...whose chances of deportation are greatly reduced."
Rease is co-chairman of the legislative committee of California Attorneys
for Criminal Justice, which represents defense attorneys and sought the
change in state law."
See more from the article here.