Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gideon Alert: Michigan Supreme Court reverses its unanimous 2-month-old decision in ACLU class action lawsuit

The Michigan Supreme Court entered a stunning Order on July 16, 2010 reversing its unanimous decision of just two months ago in the American

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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

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gideon Alert: Striking a balance in protecting defendant-lawyer communications in jails

A recent story reported by The Ledger out of Polk County (Bartow), Florida tells of a conflict between the Sheriff’s Department and the Public Defender Office.  The Sherif

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4:25 AM
Monday, June 28, 2010

Gideon Alert: Ohio Public Defender Commission to force change in Hamilton County (Cincinnati)

On June 27th, 2010 the Cincinnati Enquirer reported about how the Ohio Public Defender Commission (OPDC) is forcing change to public defense services in Hamilton County, by withholding state reimbursements and potentially suing the county ov

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10:33 AM
Friday, June 25, 2010

Gideon Alert: Best practices on display in Oregon and Santa Clara County (San Jose), California

As jurisdictions across the country struggle to overcome right to counsel systemic deficiencies, it is valuable to remember that some jurisdictions do serve as best practice models.  For example, the Oregon Public Defender Services Commission has total authority to establish and maintain a public defense system that ensures quality, effectiveness, efficiency and accountabil

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11:24 AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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

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.” 

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