Justice System

Legal challenges put caps on certain types of damages in doubt.

Suggeted State Legislation: This Uniform Act generally relating to interstate depositions and discovery:
• establishes procedures for requesting and issuing certain subpoenas;
• provides for the service of certain subpoenas;
• establishing that certain rules apply to certain subpoenas;
• requires an application for a protective order or to enforce, quash, or modify certain subpoenas comply with certain rules and statutes and be filed in a certain court; and
• requires certain consideration to be given in applying and construing this Uniform Act.

The growing number of death row inmates exonerated is prompting several states to reconsider capital punishment.New Jersey has abolished the death penalty completely. Commissions in other states have stopped short of recommending the death penalty be abolished and instead recommended a series of actions to prevent the possible conviction and execution of innocent people.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments strongly urges Congress to restore funding to the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program to the Fiscal Year 2007 level of $520 million, at a minimum; and
BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports full funding in future years for this critical anti-crime program at its authorized level of $1.095 billion.