Author: David Carroll and Phyllis Mann

Wisconsin Supreme Court increases compensation to some, but not all, indigent defense attorneys

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ordered the compensation paid by counties to assigned counsel appointed by the courts raised from $70/hour to $100/hour beginning in January 2020, while the compensation paid by the state

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Missouri’s “Perfect Storm” explained

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: As if excessive caseloads, a lack of independence, inadequate funding, and low compensation were not enough of a problem for those charged with providing right to counsel services in Missouri, public defenders are now being forced into

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Will the Virgin Islands finally end the practice of conscripting non-qualified lawyers to represent the indigent accused?

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: Although the Virgin Islands has a territorial public defender office, trial court administrative rules historically authorized judges to conscript any attorney barred in the territory – divorce lawyers and real estate lawyers included – to provide representation

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Systemic right to counsel failures cannot be resolved in case-by-case reviews

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: In America, the indigent accused has a constitutional right to be represented by an effective lawyer at all critical stages of a case where loss of liberty is a potential penalty. But what if that lawyer is

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