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Delaware’s right to counsel deficiencies exposed

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Pleading the Sixth: In January 2011, then-Chief Justice Myron Steele sought to end Delaware’s undue judicial interference in the state’s conflict indigent defense services by transferring responsibility for the administration of the conflict panel from the court to the Office

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US DOJ investigating St. Louis family courts

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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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Idaho passes initial reforms; Second round of reforms introduced

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Pleading the Sixth: The Idaho Senate unanimously passed an initial indigent defense reform package, sending it on for the Governor’s signature.  Not content to rest with creating a uniform standard of indigency and barring children from waiving counsel, among others

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Idaho legislature contemplates initial reforms

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Pleading the Sixth: The Idaho Criminal Justice Commission offered initial indigent defense reforms that have been introduced in the House of Representatives.  The proposed reforms seek to, among other things: create a statewide uniform standard for who may get public

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The Right to Counsel for Children in Juvenile Transfer Hearings

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In 1961, in Washington DC, a woman was robbed and raped in her own apartment.[1] Fingerprints matched a 16-year-old kid named Morris Kent. He had a bit of a record with the juvenile court, having been apprehended when he was only

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Introduction to the Right to Counsel for Children in Juvenile Courts

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You may be wondering how we’ve spent all of this time discussing the constitutional guarantee of counsel in criminal trials for anyone who cannot afford it, and not once have we even mentioned of the rights of children. Well, that’s

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