Gideon Alert: understanding Alabama's "perfect storm"

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM

When elected judges have the authority to give out big payments for assigned cases without being fiscally responsible for doing so, a state like Alabama creates the “perfect storm” of characteristics that virtually guarantees ineffective assistance of counsel to the poor.  A great newspaper series from Mobile’s Lagniappe is starting to highlight these issues and