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27th Annual Justice Albert Tate Awards
LACDL would like to CONGRATULATE our 2012 Award Recipients
Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award - John DiGiulio
Sam Dalton Capital Defense Advocacy Award - Gary Clements
CJA Panel Award - Dwight Doskey
Public Defender Gideon Award - King Alexander
Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award - Rep. Jeff Arnold
Lucy McGough Juvenile Justice Award - Clay Walker
Trustees of Freedom Lifetime Service Award - G. Paul Marx
Trustees of Freedom Gideon Award - Innocence Project of New Orleans
President's Award - Brett Brunson
President's Award of Appreciation - Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger Law Firm
CONGRATULATIONS LACDL 10:1 Recipients:
E. King Alexander
N'Ghana Lewis Gauff
Shelley A. Goff
Joshua D. Gordon
Guy H. Lillian III
Bryan C. Racer
Hays Town, III
10:1 Blackstone's Order
We are told that at the Alamo a young Lieutenant Colonel by the name of William Barrett Travis Legend gazed out across the Texas prairie at Santa Anna's gathering forces, and drew a line in the sand. Then, he asked all those who would stand with him to cross the line. "Talking about Freedom," Travis had told them, "is always easier than coming face-to
face with a man who is trying to take it away."
Every day public defenders and criminal defense lawyers in private practice we come face-to-face with such men and women. They struggle to exonerate their clients in difficult cases against an oppressive and unbalanced criminal justice system. Moreover, often when they win a pivotal pre-trial motion, an acquittal at trial or a reversal on appeal, there is usually no one there to recognize their efforts. Nevertheless, we must recognize them.
These are the true Freedom Fighters in the never-ending battle to preserve the idea which is the American experiment.
These are the lawyers who remind judges and juries of the collateral damage that occurs to our society if we wage the war on crime with complete disregard rights of individual liberty that so many have fought and died to preserve. These are the lawyers who implement Blackstone's ratio in the courtroom. These are the lawyers who remind judges, jurors and even skeptical prosecutors that it is "Better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." The vigilance of these lawyers is the price of our liberty.
Our goal at LACDL is to recognize these lawyers and their commitment to Blackstone's Ratio. To this end we are establishing Blackstone's Order, as a way to recognize their accomplishments in the courtroom. Beginning January 1, 2008, we will recognize any lawyer who:
1. Wins a pivotal pre-trial motion leading to a dismissal of charges against his client
2. Wins an acquittal at trial
3. Wins a reversal on appeal
The lawyer need not be a member of LACDL, however the even must have occurred in a court of record in Louisiana, (Local, State or Federal) after January 1, 2008.
The nomination must come from a member of LACDL, and must include the following information:
1. The name of the person nominating the lawyer:
2. The Nominee's full name
3. The Nominee's mailing address (REQUIRED!!)
4. The Complete Case caption, including docket number, district and section number if applicable.
5. The date of the accomplishment
6. One line citation of the accomplishment being either:
1. won a Motion to _________, which lead to a dismissal of charges against the client
2. won an Acquittal/Not Guilty of __ charges of ____ after a Bench/Jury Trial
3. won a reversal of a conviction after an appeal on the issue of ___________
7. If any of the above information is left out, the information will not be included on the certificate.
The Nomination should be sent via email to LACDL@tatmangroup.com.
LACDL will post the nominee's name on the LACDL website and forward an appropriate certificate of recognition to the Nominee. Please note; if all of the above information is not included, a recognition certificate will not be sent.
FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO MANDATE ORLEANS POLICE REFORMS:
FULLY VIDEO OF INTERROGATIONS; COP CAR VIDEO CAMS; TRAINING
POLITICO is carrying an AP report that a Federal Consent decree will be entered Tuesday , according to Attorney General Holder the N.O. Police will be the subject of mandatory reforms for at least the next four years. These include training, but most critically, all interrogations will be video taped start to finish, and the police will have to use video on each patrol unit as well. The consent decree, subject to court approval, will be the largest and most sweeping overhaul in the department's history. It comes in the wake of federal intervention that convicted some 20 officers of criminal conduct after the courts of Louisiana failed to prosecute homicide and conspiracy in the department. (sounds like the civil rights era, historically speaking)