May 23rd, 2013
Describing what it called a “damning indictment” of representation for poor criminal defendants, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Miami-Dade County public defender’s office could withdraw from a large chunk of felony cases because of excessive workloads. Read more..
March 19th, 2013
A half century after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that every defendant in a serious criminal case should have a lawyer, “only a few states have comprehensive public defender systems” to ensure that right, says Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights. Some state criminal justice systems rush through guilty pleas like [...]
March 13th, 2013
Citing the famous Gideon v. Wainright case, in which a prison inmate’s pro se petition, handwritten in pencil, resulted in U.S. Supreme Court ruling recognizing a defendant’s constitutional right to counsel, the top judge in California said a lack of public funding for the state’s courts threatens to turn back? Read more..