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Marc Bookman authored an article published in the December 6, 2014 issue of The Atlantic. It is entitled, “Does An Innocent Man Have A Right To Be Exonerated?” It’s about the Arizona v. Youngblood case. Here’s the link: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/12/does-an-innocent-man-have-the-right-to-be-exonerated/383343/
Ted Simon, long time PACDL Member, became President of NACDL at their 2014 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on August 2, 2014. Read more about it here.
On November 23, 2012, PACDL filed comments (joined by the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation) to Proposed Rules 870-875 and Related Amendments. PACDL thanks members Jules Epstein, Rob Dunham and Marc Bookman for their valuable input, expertise and assistance in assessing the Rules and crafting the comments. Click here to read these comments.
On September 18, 2012 PACDL submitted an Amicus Brief in In Re: Thirty-Third Statewide Investigating Grand Jury: Petition of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The Supreme Court agreed to review the case to assess the scope of the attorney-client privilege as it pertains to governmental entities and its employees. PACDL thanks Art Donato for his outstanding work and his time to assess the issues and draft the brief. Click here to read the brief.
Click here for PACDL Response to HB 1264 - Expert Testimony in Sexual Assault cases
Amendments to the Wire Tap Act
House Bill 2400 proposes significant amendments to Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act. Those changes include permitting any person to intercept oral communications if that person has “reasonable suspicion” that another individual committed, has committed or is about to commit a felony of the first degree. The proposed Amendments also permit law enforcement to intercept communications without judicial or prosecutorial oversight under certain specified circumstances. House Bill 2400 passed the House and has been forwarded to the Senate.
Click here for PACDL's comments to a draft of House Bill 2400.
Comments On Proposed Appellate Rules 1921, 1931 and 1952
On May 30, 2012, PACDL submitted comments in support of proposed changes to Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 1921, 1931 and 1952. The proposed changes address the obligations of the parties and appellate courts with respect to the record on appeal. PACDL’s comments can be found on its webpage. Thanks to PACDL Board Member David Chontos for taking the laboring oar in crafting the comments. PACDL also thanks Board Member Isla Fruchter for her input and assistance with the Comments, which can be found by clicking here.
Task Force To Study Capital Punishment
Senate Resolution No. 6 establishes a task force and an advisory committee to conduct a study of capital punishment in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. S.R. 6 directs the task force to assess several issues related to capital punishment, including cost; bias and unfairness; proportionality; mental retardation; mental illness; juries; state appeals and post-conviction issues; innocence; and alternatives. S.R. 6 can be found on PACDL’s website. Members of the Committee include PACDL Board Member Brad Winnick.
On Friday, March 30, 2012, PACDL President Barb Zemlock testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bill 1153.