Category: Pleading the Sixth

The devolution of the right to counsel in Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit)

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: A public defender office handling felony representation in Detroit was flat funded for 16 years. This despite a critical national report, an ACLU lawsuit, and comprehensive statutory reform, all intended to ensure effective representation of the indigent accused

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Withholding felony representation for months at a time in Mississippi

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: Felony defendants throughout Mississippi are arrested and then routinely wait from typically two months to up to a year before a lawyer begins working on their behalf. When a felony lawyer is finally appointed, the attorney is too

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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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Tennessee Supreme Court backs major right to counsel reforms

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: The Tennessee Supreme Court released a press statement announcing its unanimous support for comprehensive indigent defense reforms, including the creation of a statewide indigent defense commission and a state appellate defender office, and the first increase in

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Politico & The Marshall Project profile the work of the 6AC

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: I am honored to have the work of the Sixth Amendment Center (6AC) featured by POLITICO and The Marshall Project. At a time when American political discourse is too much defined by opposing factions standing on soapboxes yelling

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Nevada establishes statewide right to counsel commission

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: The Nevada Governor signed into law a bill creating a statewide indigent defense commission. Following the example from Idaho’s recent reforms, the new law funds the commission to hire staff, collect data, evaluate current services, and make legislative

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