Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gideon Alert: 11 minute justice in South Carolina misdemeanor courts

In 2007, the State of South Carolina took a major step forward in assuring the promise of Gideon v.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Gideon Alert: Michigan Supreme Court unanimously allows ACLU lawsuit to proceed

In a major victory for the right of poor criminal defendants to seek justice from our courts, today the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously issued an order allowing the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit (

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gideon Alert: California counties exhibit wide disparity of services

Justice should not be dependent on which side of a county line one’s crime is alleged to be committed.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

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

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

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Georgia Update

On April 7, GIDEON ALERTS relayed an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the governor and key legislators were seriously considering shifting the state’s financial burden of funding the right to counsel back to Georgia&rsq

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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

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

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