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US DOJ investigating St. Louis family courts

Pleading the Sixth: Having reached an agreement with Shelby County, Tennessee to usher in major reforms of the county’s juvenile court system and the method for representing children in delinquency proceedings, the US Department of Justice announced in mid-November that

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Support for a White House Commission on the public defense crisis mounts

Pleading the Sixth: On March 15th, 2013 the U.S. Department of Justice hosted an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright. The event was both a celebration of the watershed case’s promise of a meaningful right to counsel,

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6AC & SUSL press release on DOJ Grant Award

DOJ selects the Sixth Amendment Center & Seattle University School of Law to respond to nation’s indigent defense “crisis” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON, Massachusetts (October 1, 2013) — The Sixth Amendment Center and the Defender Initiative at Seattle University School

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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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Attorney General Holder calls on Congress to help remedy national indigent defense crisis

Pleading the Sixth: On August 12, 2013, United States Attorney General Eric Holder issued a nationwide challenge to overhaul our “broken” criminal justice system. Bold steps are needed to ensure equal justice, the Attorney General declared, including expanded Congressional right

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DOJ announces an agreement with Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis) to reform juvenile justice system

Pleading the Sixth: On December 18, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an agreement with Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis) to usher in major reforms of the county’s juvenile court system and the method for representing children in delinquency proceedings.

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