Debate on Massachusetts public defense proposal continues

BY Jon Mosher on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM

The discussion about Massachusetts Gov. Patrick's proposed changes to the state's public defender system continues. Today, David Carroll, NLADA research director and author of Gideon Alerts, appeared on WBUR's Radio Boston show to provide national context to the discussion (stream online here).

As explained in yesterday's Gideon Alert on the Massachusetts proposal, preserving the independence of the public defense function is the critical concern here. Also appearing on the program were Jay Gonzalez, Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance, Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and Samuel Sutter, Bristol County District Attorney and president of the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association.


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