Monday, May 17, 2010

Gideon Alert: New York Times highlights public defense crisis and the underfunding of legal services

A New York Times editorial on May 17, 2010 identifies the nexus between our nation’s deficient right to counsel systems and the failure of policymakers to address the underlying societal issues that increase the need for indigent defense services today.&nbsp

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Gideon Alert: Poor performance costs Washington defender $2.9 million; inexperience, high caseloads, and "trying one's best" are no excuse

On May 14, 2010, the Wenatchee World reported that a Chelan County public defender has agreed to pay a $2.9 million dollar settlement to a former client for admittedly providing ineffective assistance of counsel that led to the client’s wrongful imprisonment

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Gideon Alert: Poor performance costs Washington defender $2.9 million; inexperience, high caseloads, and "trying one's best" are no excuse

On May 14, 2010, the Wenatchee World reported that a Chelan County public defender has agreed to pay a $2.9 million dollar settlement to a former client for admittedly providing ineffective assistance of counsel that led to the client’s wrongful

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11:05 AM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gideon Alert: Texas' Dallas County struggles with undue political & judicial interference

An article in the Dallas Morning News  on May 12, 2010 discusses an impasse in the Dallas courts between the executive and judicial branches of government over how to make the courts more efficient.  At iss

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Gideon Alert: New York's highest court allows NYCLU lawsuit to proceed

On May 6, 2010, New York’s highest court ruled that the class action lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) on behalf of indigent persons in five counties is an allegation “not for ineffective assistance under Strickl

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Gideon Alert: Maryland public defender independence increased

On May 4, 2010, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law Senate Bill 97 increasing independence for the state public defender agency.  The legislation expands the Public Defender Board from three members all appointed by the Governor to a thirteen-member board selected by divers

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