Court martial defense lawyer co-authors chapter in American Bar Association book, “The State of Criminal Justice 2014.” As one of the cornerstones of the Criminal Justice Section’s work, this publication serves as an invaluable resource for policy-makers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system.
Nov 22, 2014 /prREACH/ -- Military defense attorney, Mr. Waddington, recently co-authored a chapter in the American Bar Association book, “The State of Criminal Justice 2014,” along with criminal defense attorneys, Morgan Raye Sigman and William L. Summers. Their chapter was titled, “Executing the Severely Mentally Ill.”
In their chapter, the authors explore the considerable gaps in the criminal justice system when it comes to protecting severely mentally ill defendants. Reviewing U.S. and state Supreme Court decisions in various death penalty cases, the authors note that under current law, persons considered severely mentally ill but not insane or mentally retarded have no exemption from capital punishment.
“The State of Criminal Justice” is an annual publication of the American Bar Association (ABA). This book describes major developments in different aspects of the criminal justice system during 2013 and suggests likely directions for the coming year. As well as covering more familiar turf, many chapters also address cutting edge topics or developing trends in criminal justice.
As one of the cornerstones of the Criminal Justice Section's work, this publication serves as an invaluable resource for policy-makers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system. The 2014 volume contains 21 chapters focusing on specific aspects of the criminal justice field, with summaries of all of the adopted official ABA policies passed in 2013-2014 that address criminal justice issues.
Michael Waddington was also a contributing author to “The State of Criminal Justice 2013.”
About Michael Waddington:
Mr. Waddington defends serious criminal cases worldwide. Some of his high profile cases have been reported on by major media outlets including CNN, The Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, Time, ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, the BBC and have been the subject of books and movies.
His practice focuses on defending military service members at court martial and administrative separation boards. He has successfully defended military personnel in Europe (Germany, Italy, England, Spain), the Middle East, the Pacific (Hawaii, Korea, Japan, Guam), and throughout the United States.