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Gideon Alert: Nevada reform stalls over definition of a "case"

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM

How many cases are too many?  The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Nevada Supreme Court Indigent Defense Commission can’t get to the question because they are hung up on the definition of a “case.” 

The State of Nevada is experiencing an indigent defense crisis that negatively impacts the ability of the criminal courts to reach verdicts that are fair, correct, swift and final.  Though the Supreme Court is applauded for, among other things, creating uniform eligibility standards, removing the judiciary from direct oversight of indigent defense services, instituting attorney performance standards, and providing training on those standards, the crisis continues unabated due in large part to indigent defense providers carrying excessive caseloads beyond a level at which they can provide ethical representation to their clients.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 10/02/2009

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Gideon Alert: Congressional summit offers federal recommendations to stem indigent defense crisis

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), chair of the United States House Judiciary Committee, and Rep.

Gideon Alert: "Kids for Cash" Commission Report concludes Pennsylvania in the business of dispensing "Justice by Geography"

BY David Carroll on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

On May 27, 2010, the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice delivered a scathing indictment of the Luzerne County “kids for cash” scandal, in which judges allegedly made millions of dollars in kick-backs for placing juvenile offenders into

Gideon Alert: Flagrant constitutional violations just a by-product of Utah’s Justice Courts’ revenue machine

BY David Carroll on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 9:39 AM

The Salt Lake City Weekly has published an excellent spotlight report on the problems of Utah’s Justice Courts (Nickled and Dimed by Utah Justice Courts, 5/27/2010).  There are 134 Justice Courts throughout Utah’s 29 counties, e

Gideon Alert: Michigan Civil Rights Commission resolution acknowledges failed defender systems as a civil rights issue

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 12:48 PM

On May 24, 2010, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission adopted a resolution stating unequivocally that the failing county indigent defense systems constitute a civil rights issue.  Interim Department of Civil Rights Director Dan Krichbaum (appointed aft

Michigan Civil Rights Commission resolution acknowledging indigent defense crisis and supporting reform consistent with State Bar of Michigan Eleven Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System.

Author/Organization: Michigan Civil Rights Commission
Publication Date: 05/24/2010

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Michigan Civil Rights Commission acknolwedges indigent defense crisis and officially supports reform and State Bar of Michigan Eleven Principles of Public Defense Delivery Systems.

Author/Organization: Michigan Civil Rights Commission
Publication Date: 05/24/2010

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