Independence

Gideon Alert: Harris County TX struggles with independence in seeking state funds

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Former Federal Bureau of Investigations Director William Sessions and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Charlie Baird strongly back the need for judges to be out of the business of overseeing indigent defense in an opinion piece in the Houston Chronicle (June 9, 2010).&n

Gideon Alert: Gulf oil spill mires Louisiana's right to counsel reforms

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The Louisiana legislature passed the Louisiana Public Defender Act of 2007 (“Act 307”) on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote with the expressed intent of ensuring that “all indigent criminal defendants who are eligible to have appointed counsel at public expense receive effective assistance of counsel at each critical stage of the proceeding,” and “t

Gideon Alert: Military build-up expected to make Guam public defender crisis worse

BY David Carroll on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Public defender services in Guam were formally created in 1968.  In 1975, legislation created the Public Defender Services Corporation (PDSC), an island-wide organization overseen by a board of trustees to assist low-income people with civil, criminal, and juvenile proceedings.  Through rule-making authority, the Board of PDSC has a power most public defenders in the c

As of May 2010, Harris County remains the most populous county in the United States that does not have a staffed public defender office. NLADA writes to commend the Harris County Board of Commissioners on their desire to enhance the current provision of services for indigent defendants in a manner that provides quality representation and fiscal predictability, as expressed in the 2011 Harris County Discretionary Grant Application Narrative. However, the structure of the proposed pilot office does not adequately address certain systemic deficiencies in public defense services that presently exist in Harris County and will fail to fully achieve the commission's laudable aims, as this letter details.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 05/20/2010

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Between 2006 and 2008, NLADA conducted an assessment of the public defense services in ten upstate New York counties.  This is the report of the findings in Jefferson County, New York.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 04/2009

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Gideon Alert: Texas' Dallas County struggles with undue political & judicial interference

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 2:08 PM

An article in the Dallas Morning News  on May 12, 2010 discusses an impasse in the Dallas courts between the executive and judicial branches of government over how to make the courts more efficient.  At iss

Gideon Alert: Maryland public defender independence increased

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM

On May 4, 2010, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law Senate Bill 97 increasing independence for the state public defender agency.  The legislation expands the Public Defender Board from three members all appointed by the Governor to a thirteen-member board selected by divers

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelley keynote address at United States House Judiciary Committee event at Wayne State University (Detorit), December 14, 2009. Briefing on solutions to indigent defense crisis. Speech highlight findings of NLADA's 2008 report entitled “Race to the Bottom: Speed and Savings over Due Process”

Author/Organization: Michigan Supreme Court
Publication Date: 12/14/2009

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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

Commissioned by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Foundation, this NLADA report focused on New Orleans' system for providing legal representation to low-income people charged with crimes, concluding that the New Orleans indigent defense crisis could not be fixed without comprehensive statewide reform and setting out a step-by-step blue print for legislative action in the 2007 Legislative session. Those reforms were eventually successful, with the passage of Act 307, The Louisiana Public Defender Act, creating the public defender system in place today.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 9/22/2006

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