Another blow to Obama! The President's war against American law suffers another setback
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/4/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
An ambitious plan by President Barack Obama's administration to grant clemency to thousands of prisoners suffered a serious blow after federal courts ruled that the hundreds of federal public defenders and other court-appointed attorneys were not actually authorized to represent these inmates.
The American justice system has dealt another blow to Obama's continual unconstitutional power grab, blocking federally paid lawyers from representing clients who want clemency.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The decision was laid out in a memo written by the top lawyer for the Administrative Office of the Courts, effectively baring lawyers from drafting or submitting clemency petitions because the Constitution does not actually guarantee inmates the right to legal representation in such procedures.
General Counsel Robert Loesche wrote in a memo that was circulated to federal defenders and chief judges in all U.S. district and appellate courts that: "There is no Sixth Amendment right to counsel for purposes of seeking executive clemency and no statutory right, except in capital cases . there is no authority under the CJA [Criminal Justice Act] or other law to appoint counsel in non-capital clemency proceedings."
This interpretation means that federal defenders and court-appointed private attorneys can not be legally paid from representing clemency candidates, causing considerable setback for the coalition of legal and advocacy groups that have stepped in to lead the clemency effort on behalf of the Justice Department.
Groups that are a part of the Clemency Project include the National Association of Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums and the American Bar Association.
"Public defenders have [been] and are involved in the [Justice] Department's clemency process, primarily through Clemency Project 2014 on a pro bono basis," a Justice Department spokesperson said. "We expect them to continue to have a robust role to play."
The memo went on to say that the Federal Public Defenders Organization would not be precluded "from screening its client files to identify individuals who may satisfy the criteria established under this initiative or from reviewing files to assist another attorney representing a clemency applicant" but that "actual representation would have to be provided by others."
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders. That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
Nancy Pelosi, long the reigning queen of the Democratic party, is about to lose her crown. Under her leadership, the Democratic Party has ... continue reading
Why do liberals want to kill conservatives? Here's a list of liberal threats and attacks on conservatives since mid-2016 Watch
When people don't like the outcomes of political decisions, they can become passionate. There was no shortage of conservative outrage ... continue reading
The Crusades never ended. Despite popular belief, the world's most ardent Muslims covet Jerusalem. And they have no intention of ending ... continue reading
There is only one kind of Islam in the world, and the politically correct ignore this fact at their peril. To understand the risk posed by ... continue reading
Washington D.C., May 31, 2017 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leaked draft of a federal rule that would protect religious organizations from ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Anthelm: Saint of the Day for Monday, June 26, 2017
- Daily Reading for Monday, June 26th, 2017 HD Video
- Catholic hero gifted most prestigous award after saving woman's life ...
- Slovakia Catholics gift Iceland with a beautiful new church
- Is the 'Gaucho Priest' the Devil's worst nightmare?
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Monday, June 26, 2017
- Daily Reading for Sunday, June 25th, 2017 HD
- Pope Francis prepares an incredible gift of love and solidarity for South Sudan HD
- St. Emma HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, June 24th, 2017 HD