Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gideon Alert: New York's Washington County

The New York Times today continued their spotlight series on the failing right to counsel in New York, focusing on the story of client Kimberly Hurrell-Harring -- the named plaintiff in the NYCLU's class action lawsuit -- and her now disbarred public defender Patrick Barber.  This i

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gideon Alert: updates in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

WISCONSIN:  Wisconsin's right to counsel system should stand as a model to the rest of the country.  The state funds and administers indigent defense services through a statewide Public Defender System that largely meets the ABA Ten Principles.   However, the system has long had a "dirty little secret."

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gideon Alert: litigation in New York and Michigan may have national effects on indigent defense representation

The New York Times contains an excellent article about the upcoming oral arguments in a New York Civil Liberties Union class action lawsuit (Hurrell-Harring v.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gideon Alert: understanding Alabama's "perfect storm"

When elected judges have the authority to give out big payments for assigned cases without being fiscally responsible for doing so, a state like Alabama creates the “perfect storm” of characteristics that virtually guarantees ineffective assistance of counsel to the poor.  A great newspaper series from Mobile’s Lagniappe is starting to highlight these issues and

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