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W&L Law Professor's Congressional Testimony

Washington and Lee law professor Erik Luna made his second appearance before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security last Thursday. His testimony was on the issue of federal funding for indigent defense. You can read his testimony by downloading a pdf file here. While Luna supports efforts to require states to meet their Sixth Amendment responsibilities, he objects to the creation of a new federal agency, the National Center for Defense Services, and worries that such an entity would become a policy making body with powers outside the established Constitutional framework. There is a video archive of the testimony at the Committee on the Judiciary site. Eric’s first appearance in front of the committee was in March, and he talked about it with Peter Jetton of the law school at that time. You can read about the testimony and hear Lunda describe it on the law school’s Web site.

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