Amicus Representation


The ACDL-NJ, through its Amicus Committee, has appeared as amicus curiae ("friend of the court") in nearly every significant criminal case in the New Jersey Supreme Court and the New Jersey Appellate Division, to take positions o­n issues of fundamental importance to the Constitutional rights of criminal defendants. The committee’s work has been highly respected by the legal community, with the New Jersey Supreme Court specifically requesting submission of amicus positions from the ACDL-NJ o­n cases pending before the Court. The ACDL-NJ has filed briefs o­n issues of enormous significance to criminal defendants, including the death penalty, search and seizure, attorney-client confidentiality, forfeiture, and jury instructions. Amicus Committee members have also publicly commented o­n proposed changes to the New Jersey Court Rules and to administrative regulations.

Below are amicus briefs filed by the ACDL-NJ (listed by year of decision). Video of the oral arguments in Supreme Court cases can be found here.
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2017 Lacaze v. State of Louisiana, U.S. Supreme Court No. 16-1125  Amicus Brief in Support of Petition   
2017 State v. Robertson, 2017 WL 919637 (Mar. 8, 2017) Appropriate standards for a stay of a driver's license suspension in a DWI case Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2016 State v. Hernandez, 225 N.J. 451 (2016) Discovery of cooperating witness impeachment evidence  Oral Argument Opinion 
2016 State v. Lunsford, 226 N.J. 129 (2016) Warrant requirement for phone bills  Oral Argument Opinion 
2016 State v. Perry, 225 N.J. 222 (2016) Admissibility of evidence under Rape Shield Law to support third-party guilt theory and defense of consent  Oral Argument Opinion 
2015 State v. Grate, 220 N.J. 317 (2015) Mandatory minimum sentence under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(i) is unconstitutional under Alleyne because based on a judicial finding of fact Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2015 State v. Pomianek, 221 N.J. 66 (2015) NJ bias-intimidation statute unconstitutionally vague and violates Due Process  Oral Argument Opinion 
2015 State v. Witt, 223 N.J. 409 (2015) Automobile exception to the warrant requirement  Oral Argument Opinion 
2014 In re State Grand Jury Investigation, 217 N.J. 430 (2014) Should enforcement of grand jury subpoenas seeking defendants’ attorneys’ records in connection with an investigation of defendants’ post-indictment activities await completion of the pending criminal prosecution? Amicus Brief & Supplemental Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2014 O'Boyle v. Borough of Longport, 218 N.J.168 (2014) Whether documents requested from the Borough are protected from access under the Open Public Records Act because they are protected by the attorney work-product privilege and common interest doctrine  Oral Argument Opinion 
2014 State in the Interest of A.B., 219 N.J. 542 (2014) Whether defendant was properly granted access into the sexual assault victim’s home to inspect the crime scene based on his constitutional right to a meaningful opportunity to present a complete defense in light of the crime victim’s rights Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2014 State v. Hreha, 217 N.J. 368 (2014) Whether promises of leniency can coerce confessions Amicus Brief Oral Argument  
2014 State v. Hreha, 217 N.J. 368 (2014) Whether promises of leniency can coerce confessions Amicus Brief Re-Argument Opinion 
2014 State v. Jaffe, 220 N.J.114 (2014) Sentencing court must consider a defendant's relevant post-offense conduct in weighing aggravating and mitigating factors Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2014 State v. Steele In setting monetary bail, to what extent, if any, may a court consider the threat a defendant poses to the safety of the community Amicus Brief Oral Argument Order (dismissed as improvidently granted) 
2013 State v. Bishop, 429 N.J. Super. 533 (App. Div. 2013), aff'd without opinion, 223 N.J. 290 (2015) Mandatory parole ineligibility and extended term remain applicable at the time of resentencing   Opinion 
2013 State v. Earls, 214 N.J. 564 (2013) Use of cell phone location info for warrant/plain view exception Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2013 State v. Miller, 216 N.J. 40 (2013) Whether denial of adjournment deprived defendant of effective assistance of counsel Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2013 State v. Scoles, 214 N.J. 236 (2013) Discovery in child pornography cases Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2013 State v. Tedesco, 214 N.J. 177 (2013) Authority to compel defendant to be present at sentencing despite waiver of right to be present Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2012 State v. Friedman, 209 N.J. 102 (2012) Parole after consecutive NERA terms Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2012 State v. Gaitan, 209 N.J. 339 (2012) Retroactive application of Padilla Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2012 State v. Harris, 211 N.J. 566 (2012) Suppression in weapons possession case/Prevention of Domestic Violence Act Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2012 State v. Randolph, 210 N.J. 330 (2012) Post-conviction pre-sentence rehabilitation evidence at sentencing Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2011 State v. Henderson, 208 N.J. 208 (2011) Eyewitness identification Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2011 State v. Rose, 206 N.J. 141 (2011) Res gestae Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2011 State v. Schmidt, 206 N.J. 71 (2011) DWI: reading of breath test statement Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2011 State v. W.B., 205 N.J. 588 (2011) Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome expert testimony Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2011 White & Case v. U.S. Whether federal grand jury subpoena trumps civil protective order Amicus Brief  Supreme Court Docket 
2010 State v. J.G., 201 N.J. 369 (2010) Cleric/penitent privilege under NJRE 511 Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2010 State v. Marquez, 202 N.J. 485 (2010) DWI: implied consent and refusal statutes Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2010 Stengart v. Loving Care, 201 N.J. 300 (2010) Confidentiality of e-mail with lawyer on work computer Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2009 State v. Byrd, 198 N.J. 219 (2009) Forfeiture-by-wrongdoing exception to hearsay rule Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2009 State v. Cohen (App. Div. 2009) Discovery in child pornography cases Amicus Brief  Opinion 
2009 State v. Nunez-Valdez, 200 N.J. 129 (2009) Ineffective assistance regarding immigration advice Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2009 State v. Osorio,199 N.J. 486 (2009), Bias in jury selection Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2009 State v. Pena-Flores, 198 N.J. 6 (2009) Automobile exception to the warrant requirement Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2008 State ex rel. J.A., 195 N.J. 324 (2008) Hearsay and Sixth Amendment confrontation right Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2008 State v. Chun, 194 N.J. 54 (2008) DWI: accuracy and reliability of Alcotest breathalyzer Amicus Brief Oral Argument (see also bit.ly/14etLgZ) Opinion 
2008 State v. Cottle, 194 N.J. 449 (2008) Conflict where attorney prosecuted by same prosecutor as client Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2008 State v. Reid, 194 N.J. 386 (2008) Internet subscribers' reasonable expectation of privacy in identity Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2008 State v. Sweet, 195 N.J. 357 (2008) Crawford confrontation right re: breathalyzer in DWI case Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2007 State v. Dispoto, 189 N.J. 108 (2007)  Re-administration of Miranda warnings following pre-custodial warnings Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2007 State v. Meyer, 192 N.J. 421 (2007) Access to county drug court programs Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2006 State v. Berezansky, 386 N.J. Super. 84 (App. Div. 2006), appeal dismissed, 196 N.J. 82 (2008) Crawford confrontation right re: BAC in DWI case Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2006 State v. Delgado, 188 N.J. 48 (2006) Police must record out-of-court identification procedures Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2006 State v. Dunlap, 185 N.J. 543 (2006) Search incident to arrest/automobile exception Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2006 State v. Jimenez, 188 N.J. 390 (2006) Procedures to be followed when capital defendant raises a claim of mental retardation Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2006 State v. Moore, 188 N.J. 182 (2006) Hypnotically-refreshed testimony inadmisible at criminal trials Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2006 State v. Webster, 187 N.J. 254 (2006) Duty of PCR counsel to argue pro se claims Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2005 State v. Natale ("Natale II"), 184 N.J. 458 (2005) Presumptive terms eliminated to comply with Blakely v. Washington Amicus Brief Oral Argument Opinion 
2004 State v. Reiner, 180 N.J. 307 (2004) DWI: 2d-offender school zone penalty Amicus Brief  Opinion 
2003 State v. Natale ("Natale I"), 178 N.J. 51 (2003) Constitutionality of No Early Release Act ("NERA") Amicus Brief  Opinion 
2002 State v. Allah, 170 N.J. 269 (2002) Failure to raise double jeopardy defense prior to trial ineffective Amicus Brief  Opinion 
2002 State v. Allah, 170 N.J. 269 (2002) (reply)  Reply Brief  Opinion 
2002 State v. Carty, 170 N.J. 632 (2002) Consent search of motor vehicles Amicus Brief  Opinion 
2002 State v. Stott, 171 N.J. 343 (2002) Unreasonable searches in hospital/self-incrimination Amicus Brief  Opinion 
2001 State v. Williams, 169 N.J. 349 (2001) Decedent's statement admissible as declaration against penal interest  Amicus Brief  Opinion 
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