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Idaho passes initial reforms; Second round of reforms introduced

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

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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New reports promote public defender model for Texas

Pleading the Sixth: Two new independent reports out of Texas conclude that the public defender model provides better, more cost-efficient representation than the assigned counsel model. In a companion piece, a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice report makes the same argument.

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MO prosecutors take issue with state court decision on PD caseload controls

Pleading the Sixth: (Part 2 of a two-part series.) On July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state public defender commission has the authority to declare unavailability due to case overload. In response, the Missouri Association of Prosecuting

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Florida institutes a “dangerous game of chance” in conflict representation

Pleading the Sixth: A new Florida statute allows judges to limit compensation for private attorneys handling conflict indigent defense cases.  A June 2012 Florida Innocence Commission report says the law “invites ineffective assistance of counsel and wrongful convictions.”  As some

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