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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A lack of independence in Georgia’s public defense system

On May 4, 2011, the Associated Press reported new legislation was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal altering the composition of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.  The measure replaces “the current 15-member Georgia Public Defender Standards Council with nine new appointees tapped by the governor, the lieutenant governor and the House speaker. It also gives the director more power over whom the system hires.”

11:53 AM
Monday, July 12, 2010

Gideon Alert: The continued devolution of Georgia’s indigent defense system leads to case-by-case fixes with mixed results

A consent decree issued by a northern Georgia Superior Court on July 8, 2010 in a class action lawsuit should be cause for celebration.  But in this instance, it really serves as a reminder of the continuing devolution of Gideon’s promise that is taking place i

5:04 PM
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Georgia Update

On April 7, GIDEON ALERTS relayed an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the governor and key legislators were seriously considering shifting the state’s financial burden of funding the right to counsel back to Georgia&rsq

1:00 PM
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gideon Alert: Georgia governor considers shifting state's right to counsel obligations back to county governments

The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution reports that the Governor and key legislators are seriously considering shifting the financial burden of funding the right to counsel back to Georgia’s counties.  Despite stating in 2003 that the state was not meeting its &ld

10:16 AM
Friday, March 26, 2010

Gideon Alert: Georgia's right to counsel in the shadow of the death penalty

A divided (4-3) Georgia Supreme Court handed down a decision yesterday to allow a death penalty case to proceed, despite serious concerns about resources to provide the defendant a constitutionally-adequate defense, as reported in the New York Times

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