DLRA Resentencing Proceeding Makes News; Resentencing Won
In People v. Tyrone Ford, Justice Hayes agreed with CAL attorney Ben Heiss, over the strenuous objections of the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, that Mr. Ford was a non-violent, low-level drug offender whose active efforts to improve himself and change his life for the better entitled him to resentencing. His parole violations and rearrests were not reason to deny the application, Justice Hayes found. Because of Mr. Ford's past as a child musical prodigy who had been honored and mentored by President Reagan and Nancy Reagan, the story garnered an unusual amount of media attention, reported on in newspapers across the country.
On January 24, 2013, CAL Attorney-in-Charge Robert S. Dean received the New York State Bar Association's 2012 award for Outstanding Appellate Practitioner. The award was established in 2003, to recognize "outstanding advocacy, protection of due process and the public welfare, and the integrity of the judicial system."
NEW WEBSITE FEATURE: We are excited to offer a new feature for our online visitors. Our Court of Appeals Update now includes a Decided Cases category, with pdf links to the decided case, and, for selected cases, a short CAL blog flagging what we think is interesting or noteworthy about the case.
CAL Senior Supervising Attorney Abigail Everett was chosen to receive New York County Lawyers' Association 2012 Public Service Award. United States Attorney General for the Southern District, Preeta Bharara, presented the award at the September 12, 2012 ceremony.
See the shout-out to CAL in the first report issued by the National Registry of Exonerations in the United States 1989-2012, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University Law School. The report details the 873 individual exonerations in the United States from January 1989 through February 2012. CAL's Justice First Project provided statistics to Professor Sam Gross on its cases over the course of a number of years.