Monday, June 21, 2010

Gideon Alert: AG Holder & North Carolina; NY Governor Patterson's proposal for reform; American Constitution Society panel; and opinion pieces

Over the past three days, a flurry of activity occurred on the indigent defense crisis at both the federal and state level. 

New York

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gideon Alert: Congressional summit offers federal recommendations to stem indigent defense crisis

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), chair of the United States House Judiciary Committee, and Rep.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gideon Alert: Legislative changes yet to take root in Louisiana's 15th judicial district (Lafayette)

On June 17th, 2010, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) released Effective Assistance of Counsel: Implementing the Louisiana Public Defender Act of 2007, a report concluding that the

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Gideon Alert: Flat fee contracting creates separate but unequal juvenile justice in Los Angeles

On June 14, 2010, the Los Angeles Times published a spotlight report on the unequal treatment juveniles receive when represented by a private conflict attorney working under a flat fee contract of $345 per case.  The story highlights the false assumption

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Gideon Alert: Oklahoma legislature addresses case overload by restricting access to justice

On April 15, 2010, GIDEON ALERTS notified readership of the serious case overload situation at the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (OIDS).  OIDS’ 61 staff attorneys each handle between 400-500 cases, even though they predominantly provide services in death cases, serious fe

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gideon Alert: Harris County TX struggles with independence in seeking state funds

Former Federal Bureau of Investigations Director William Sessions and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Charlie Baird strongly back the need for judges to be out of the business of overseeing indigent defense in an opinion piece in the Houston Chronicle (June 9, 2010).&n

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