The Legal Investigator Winter 2014 : IFC

WINTER 2014 VOL. 38, ISSUE 4 the legal investigator The Official Journal of the National Association of Legal Investigators criminal focus 4 Criminal Defense Investigators’ Role in Protecting Indigent Clients’ Rights | p.4 Ciminal defense investigators are critical assets to the defense team, yet drastically underutilized in the fight for justice. As indigent defense budgets are cut, studies show that investigators provide cost-effective rights protection defendants while assisting attorneys in their trial preparation and caseload management. Editor in Chief Richard Robertson, CLI Managing Editor Paul Jaeb Contributing Writer Janiece J. Lee, CLI Dean Beers, CLI Contributing Writer The Legal Investigator is an official publication of the National Association of Legal Investigators, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2014. Please send all requests, change of address and all other NALI business to: NALI, 235 North Pine Street, Lansing, MI 48933 Readers are cautioned that opinions expressed are those of writers and are not necessarily endorsed or supported by NALI or the editor/ publisher. Publication of advertising does not imply endorsement. All advertising is subject to the approval of the editor/publisher. Advertiser and advertis-ing agency assume all liability for all content (including text, repre-sentations, and claims arising therein from/ against the publisher and/or NALI. Measuring the Effects of Defense Counsel on Homicide Case Outcomes | p.8 8 special focus A natural experiment in Philadelphia reveals the difference that a lawyer makes to the outcome of a serious criminal case. Thoungh a defendant’s guilt and sentence should only depend upon facts about the defendant, characteristics of the defense counsel make a vast difference in the outcome of murder cases. inside SPECIAL INTEREST | p.38 Learn how growing inmate crowding, triple bunking, waiting lists for education and drug treatment programs, limited meaningful work opportunities, and increased inmate-to-staff ratios, negatively affects the inmates, staff, and infrastructure of our prisons. features/updates MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL DIRECTOR | p.40 NALI National Director David Luther, CLI reviews the state of NALI’s financials, invites your input on the NALI MidWinter conference, presents the con-stitutional amendments for your consideration for vote in June, and covers recent NALI Executive Counsel activity. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS | p.42 Review the NALI constitutional amendments for your consideration for vote in June. NEWS / UPDATES | p.41 See news and photos of the recent NALI MidWin-ter conference in Hollywood, Florida. 2 the legal investigator

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