FACDL alleged that because the legislature had referred to the OCCCRC as
address the assertion made by the FACDL that the OCCCRC was not
sent the tapes free of charge to every public defenders' and regional counsels' office.
"This seminar is being funded both by FACDL
, and individual sponsors and will be free to attendees.
Nellie King, FACDL
president, said the organization is concerned that constitutional rights are taking a back seat to expediency.
The Miami Chapter of FACDL
's and the FPDA's resolutions aim to make sure the issue stays "nothing" this year.
Todd Doss of Lake City and Sonya Rudenstine of Gainesville also were awarded the FACDL
President's Award, for their pro bono representation of FACDL
in its quo warranto action, which sought to have legislation changing the method of delivering representation to indigent Floridians charged with crimes declared unconstitutional.
Attorney Tom Powell, representing the FACDL, said digital recorders are inexpensive and noted that in a quarter of cases where people have been found wrongfully convicted only to be later cleared by DNA evidence, they had confessed because of abusive interrogations.
The committee's action effectively kills the bill, which the FACDL had set as its top legislative priority for this year's session.
Gainesville attorney Sonya Rudenstine, one of the attorneys who represented the FACDL in the action, acknowledged that the court had decisively answered the association's concern about the constitutionality of the executive branch appointing counsel for indigent defendants, as opposed to the elected public defenders or court-appointed private counsel.
"I respect the court's decision and am sure that the membership of FACDL will throw its full support behind the five regional counsel and their clients," Rudenstine said.
A member of FACDL
for approximately 28 years, Greenberg has served as a chapter representative for Tallahassee and as an at-large board member.