Thursday, April 1, 2010

Gideon Alert: Op-Ed in support of reform in New York

The Albany Times Union published an op-ed by members of the Constitution Project’s National Right to Counsel Committee (NRTCC) calling for the reform of New York’s deficient indigent defense system.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gideon Alert: a conservative speaks out for public defense

The National Law Journal published a very thought-provoking opinion piece from Washington & Lee Law Professor and Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar Erik Luna.  Professor Luna testi

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Gideon Alert: Georgia's right to counsel in the shadow of the death penalty

A divided (4-3) Georgia Supreme Court handed down a decision yesterday to allow a death penalty case to proceed, despite serious concerns about resources to provide the defendant a constitutionally-adequate defense, as reported in the New York Times

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gideon Alert: Good news round-up

Gideon Alerts is committed to not only highlighting the ongoing problems in indigent defense, but also to reporting advances in the improvement of indigent defense systems.  It has been a busy and successful past few days for the right to counsel in America.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gideon Alert: Texas and a question of independence

Independence of the defense function is the first of the ABA Ten Principles, and there is good reason for that.  The vast majority of judges strive to do justice in all cases.  Yet political pressures, administrative priorities such as th

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Gideon Alert: Virginia, budget-balancing, and reclassification of offenses

Our nation's indigent defense crisis cannot be solved simply by throwing money at it.  Systemic approaches to reduce the number of clients and cases requiring public defenders in the first place -- such as expanded use of diversion, mediation, and reclassification of crimes to civil infractions -- can remove large numbers of situations into other arenas that do no

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