Tag: compensation & expenses

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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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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Coalition of legal experts petitions Wisconsin Supreme Court to end financial conflicts of interest between attorneys and indigent clients

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: A coalition of legal experts petitions the Wisconsin Supreme Court to end financial conflicts of interest between private attorneys and the indigent clients they are appointed to represent. They ask the state’s high court to ban flat

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Tennessee Supreme Court Task Force recommends complete overhaul of right to counsel services

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: Recognizing that the State of Tennessee needs a better way of providing right to counsel services, in September 2015 former Chief Justice Sharon Lee created an Indigent Representation Task Force and challenged them to “build a better mousetrap.”

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Wisconsin’s low attorney compensation rates create conflicts for the indigent accused

emailTwitterFacebookLinkedinGoogle+RedditTumblrPinterestPrintPleading the Sixth: Imagine holding the same job for 30 years without ever once receiving a raise. If that job required you to pay for many of the associated costs of doing business, inflation alone would have significantly decreased your

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