Massachusetts Gov. proposes broad changes to state public defense system

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Jon Mosher
Joined: 01/12/2010

Today, NLADA research director David Carroll appeared on Radio Boston, a local NPR affiliate station, to discuss Massachusetts Governor Patrick's proposed changes to the state's defender system. This topic has generated a significant amount of press this entire week, and it is likely to continue on for at least a few more news cycles, if not long into the legislative session.

We will continue to post to our blog ( when we have something of particular importance to note. But, in addition, we will try to keep a running list of all news articles and reaction here:

Boston Globe, Call for public defender overhaul (January 24th, 2011)

Mass Lawyers Weekly, Patrick seeks to eliminate use of private bar advocates (January 24th, 2011)

The Republican, Hampden County lawyers say Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to hire public defenders will cost more (January 24th, 2011)

Telegram & Gazette, Patrick to end Committee for Public Counsel Services (January 24th, 2011)

The Daily Item, Patrick's public defender system comes under fire (January 25, 2011)

Mass Lawyers Weekly, Gov’s public defender proposal debated across state (January 25th, 2011)

WBUR, Expert: Public Defenders More Effective In Representing Poor Defendants (January 25th, 2011)

State House News Service, Patrick’s idea to make public defenders state workers draws fire (January 25th, 2011)

The Salem News, Public defenders question Patrick's legal-system plan (January 25th, 2011)

Patriot Ledger, Defense lawyers slam governor’s reform plan (January 25th, 2011)

Lowell Sun, Patrick: Switching to public defenders would save millions (January 25th, 2011)

WBUR, Patrick Proposes De-Privatizing Public Defense (January 27th, 2011)

NECN, Broadside: Who defends the poor? (January 27th, 2011)

Worcester Telegram, Public defense changes blasted (January 30th, 2011)

Boston Globe, Editorial: Patrick’s public-defender plan: solid services, lower costs (February 8, 2011)

Fox News, Massachusetts Shells Out Big Bucks for Private Defense Attorneys (February 14, 2011)

Boston Globe, State’s bills soar for legal aid to poor (February 8, 2011)

Boston Globe, DAs in Mass. see funding imbalance (February 26, 2011)

MetroWest Daily News, Lawyers balk at Gov. Patrick's budget proposal (March 14, 2011)

We encourage you to share any articles we have missed. And we welcome your thoughts and opinions on the proposal, the media's coverage of it, or NLADA's reaction to it.