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NYSACDL At Work: Remaining Active During The End of the NYS 2019 Legislative Session

Tuesday, June 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Van Ort
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After the sweeping Discovery, Bail & Speedy Trial reform achieved in the New York State Budget, NYSACDL is continuing to advocate for members and clients through the end of the 2019 New York State Legislative Session. This activity includes, but is not limited to:

 

  • Continuing to support the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct 

NYSACDL Past-President Marvin Schechter participated in a press conference urging continued forward movement on the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct.

 

  • Issuing a statement opposing the limitation of the Extreme Emotional Disturbance defense with other defender organizations.
  • Signing onto a joint memo of support for the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act with other defender organizations.
  • Submitting a memo of support for a bill that corrects an erroneous classification in the law so that when a person commits burglary in the second degree by entering an unoccupied dwelling, they will not be charged with a violent felony.
  • Sending a letter supporting a bill that amends New York County Law Section 722 to remedy a small but significant problem regarding the scope of appellate counsel's authority by allowing counsel assigned to a criminal appeal to conduct post-trial motion practice as part of their appellate assignment. This bill has passed both the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting the Governor's signature.

 

Watch your email and social media for continued updates as the last few days of session are completed!