Indigent Defense

Why bother?

Why bother?

In Horry County, the public defender’s office refuses to appear at any preliminary hearings, and the magistrates refuse to allow...

Ethics opinions

Ethics opinions

An Horry County public defender was given a public reprimand for numerous violations, including failing to communicate with clients, failing...

Ohio former judge disciplined

Ohio former judge disciplined

The Ohio judge who held public defender Brian Jones in contempt for refusing to proceed with trial on a case...

New public defender blog

New public defender blog

Public Defender Revolution is a new public defender blog worth subscribing to, written by two public defenders, who speak the...

Another lawsuit filed against Georgia for failure to provide attorneys for indigent defendants

Another lawsuit filed against Georgia for failure to provide attorneys for indigent defendants

Focuses on defendants who have not been provided with attorneys to handle their appeals. “If these lawyers were truly interested...

Lack of funding for defense attorneys blamed for “kids for cash” debacle

Lack of funding for defense attorneys blamed for “kids for cash” debacle

When two former Pennsylvania judges were indicted after accusations that they had received millions of dollars in kickbacks and payments...

Orleans Parish public defender says he may refuse cases if funding is not increased

Orleans Parish public defender says he may refuse cases if funding is not increased

Not exactly the strongest statement, but it’s a start: The head of the Orleans Parish Public Defender’s office said he...

Michigan prosecutor threatens to sue over budget cuts

Michigan prosecutor threatens to sue over budget cuts

Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith has threatened to sue the county if his budget is cut, saying that it would...

Louisiana Capital Appeals Project director accused of embezzlement

Louisiana Capital Appeals Project director accused of embezzlement

The director of the Capital Appeals Project in New Orleans, Louisiana apparently resigned this month amid allegations of embezzlement: The...

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy picked up this story out of New York, where lawmakers are trying to...