“The position affords me a chance to speak to national issues from a Utah perspective,” Aric Cramer said. “NACDL has lobbyists on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, who take the policies of NACDL to Congress and the President. NACDL is currently putting together a policy statement on the use of police body camera that will have national significance. It also allows me to put Utah’s dismal failures on indigent defense in the national arena.
Utah is only one of two states that pay zero dollars to indigent defense funding and abdicate that Constitutional mandate to the counties. Since the Koch brothers have given NACDL a multi million dollar grant to sue states that are not funding indigent defense we have a better chance of being part of that discussion than if no one from Utah was on the NACDL Board.”