Professor Offers Commentary on High-Profile Terrorism Case
December 24, 2008 — Daniel M. Filler, senior associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, commented on the prosecution of five men convicted of conspiring to attack Fort Dix in an article published Dec. 24 by The Philadelphia Inquirer. In the article, "Dix Case a Test of New Laws," Filler observes that prosecutors used a strategy that gave them leverage when they added an attempted-murder charge in a superceding indictment months after the defendants were arrested and charged with conspiracy. The prosecutors’ approach enabled the jury to reach a compromise verdict by convicting the defendants on the conspiracy charges while acquitting them of attempted murder.
Filler has expertise in criminal law and procedure, death penalty law, children’s rights and juvenile justice law, special education law and trial-practice skills. He chaired an American Bar Association team that assessed the fairness and accuracy of Alabama’s death-penalty system, culminating in a report
issued in 2006.
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