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Indiana stands as a cautionary tale for other states with similar indigent defense system models

Pleading the Sixth: On October 24, 2016, the Sixth Amendment Center released its report detailing how the “Indiana Model” for defender services leads to the actual denial of counsel and/or the provision of a lawyer in name only throughout the state.

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Michigan passes public defense reform legislation

Pleading the Sixth: On June 13, 2013 the Michigan Legislature passed separate yet identical right to counsel reform bills in each chamber of the legislature. On June 19th, the Michigan Senate held a concurrence vote on the House version of

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New Michigan public defense reform bill introduced

Pleading the Sixth: Is 2013 the year that Michigan finally passes substantial right to counsel reform? In a two-part series, the 6AC discusses a new indigent defense reform bill introduced in the state legislature on April 10, 2013. Part One

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Proposed Michigan legislation gives prosecutors a voice on indigent defense commission

Pleading the Sixth: On April 10, 2013, two identical public defense reform bills were introduced in both chambers of the Michigan legislature. The bill gives the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) an appointment to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

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Michigan Court of Appeals allows class action lawsuit to proceed

Pleading the Sixth: On April 3, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling denying the state’s motion to dismiss the American Civil Liberties Union’s class action lawsuit alleging systemic deficiencies to the delivery of constitutionally mandated

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The clock runs out on Michigan reform for this year

Pleading the Sixth: At 4:30 AM on December 14, 2012, time ran out for indigent defense reform in Michigan for this year, as HB 5804 was not able to make it through the Senate before the final bell of the

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