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

Pleading 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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State public defense commission bill entered in Idaho legislature

Pleading the Sixth: A new bill creating a statewide public defense commission was entered into the Idaho House of Representatives in early February 2014. The bill is the recommendation of a legislative interim committee on public defense reform that studied

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Federal Court orders Washington cities to remedy willfully deficient right to counsel services

Pleading the Sixth: A U.S. District Court found in early December that two Washington cities are responsible for the systemic deficiencies depriving the indigent accused of their constitutional right to meaningful representation. In granting injunctive relief, the Court determined the

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Nevada Supreme Court issues order on early case resolution

Pleading the Sixth: A huge victory for right to counsel advocates in Nevada will most assuredly cause reverberations across the country. More than a year after the public defenders in Reno asked the Nevada Supreme Court to rescind a district

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Idaho Chief Justice calls for the eradication of flat fee contracts

Pleading the Sixth: On August 15, 2013, the Chief Justice of Idaho addressed a legislative committee charged with studying the need for state involvement in the oversight and administration of right to counsel services. Calling for the eradication of flat

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USDOJ calls for binding workload controls as part of resolution to federal suit against two Washington cities

Pleading the Sixth: A class action lawsuit pending before a federal court in Seattle, Washington, alleges the cities of Mt. Vernon and Burlington systematically deprive defendants facing criminal prosecution in the cities’ municipal courts of the right to the effective

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