Gideon Alert: former Florida Chief Justice speaks out against privatization of services

BY David Carroll on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

In today’s Miami Herald, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan has penned an op-ed opposing a proposal - currently before the state legislature - to privatize a portion of the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s caseload at a rate of $700 pe

Gideon Alert: right to counsel threatened after Utah public defender office closes

BY David Carroll on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Utah statutes require a measure of quality in the provision of right to counsel services.  By law, counties must provide “timely representation by competent legal counsel” who must have “undivided loyalty” to their clients and the “investigatory resources n

Gideon Alert: Illinois reneges on promise to pay county chief public defender salaries

BY David Carroll on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Although there are right to counsel systems that are systemically deficient below the Mason-Dixon line (chiefly Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi), the region of the country most consistently failing to provide constitutionally adequate indigent defense represention is the Rust Belt (starting in upstate New York and continuing through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michig

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelley keynote address at United States House Judiciary Committee event at Wayne State University (Detorit), December 14, 2009. Briefing on solutions to indigent defense crisis. Speech highlight findings of NLADA's 2008 report entitled “Race to the Bottom: Speed and Savings over Due Process”

Author/Organization: Michigan Supreme Court
Publication Date: 12/14/2009

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On December 14, 2009, the United States House Judiciary Committee sponsored an event in Detroit to focus attention on the national indigent defense crisis.  The Chief Justice of Michigan gave the keynote speech to start the day that was one of the strongest speeches by a sitting chief justice on the failur

Author/Organization: David Carroll
Publication Date: 02/09/2010