April 18, 2019

Public Defense News

Here is the public defense news April 11-18, 2019:

Announcement: NACDL is calling for nominations for the 2019 The Champion of Public Defense Award. This award recognizes an individual or group for exceptional efforts in making positive changes to a local, county, state, or federal public defense system. Nominations are due June 10, 2019. Nominate or find out more HERE.

Louisiana:

Louisiana Supreme Court vacates lower court rulings on constitutionality of DeSoto DA agreement (on PD funding)

Indiana:

Public defenders: ‘Pay now or pay later’

Michigan:

County may sue state over new public defense standards (Jackson County)

Norris only local candidate for defender (Branch County)

Pennsylvania:

ACLU drops public defender suit against Luzerne County

Public defender Elliot Howsie, in line to be an Allegheny County judge, spurs mixed reviews

Alaska:

Representatives criticize decision to rush departure of Alaska public defender

Judge to decide if state is violating rights of mentally ill

Texas:

Lubbock private defender’s office successful indigent defense influences other Texas counties

Dallas County DA John Creuzot calls new reforms ‘A step forward in ending mass incarceration’

Victoria County considers public defender office

Public defender program may come to Victoria County

Victoria County to mull public defense partnership

Travis County revisits creating public defender’s office

Support remains for a Travis County public defender’s office

Illinois:

So many felonies in Madison County, its straining the public defenders office

Legislation would let Judges depart from mandatory minimums – but only on a few crimes

New public defender brings 30-plus years of experience (Carroll County)

Public defender reports increase in felony cases (Madison County)

Florida:

Public reprimand for Broward Judge accused of mistreating (public defense) attorneys, high court rules

Can better data fix Florida prisons?

Tennessee:

Shelby County’s first female chief public defender takes her oath

New chief public defender’s vision built around ‘client-centered representation’

California:

New ‘felony murder’ law has Solano public defender’s support

San Jose: Bomb threat prompts evacuation of alternate defender’s office

Public defender to retire after more than 25 years of service (Tuolmne County)

Arizona:

Tucson man attacks lawyer following guilty verdict in murder trial

New York:

A conversation with Saratoga County assistant public defender Andrew Proler

Idaho:

Blaine County hires first in-house chief public defender to lead new office

Washington:

City of Blaine hires a new public defender

Minnesota:

St. Paul public defender on Jeopardy! on Tuesday

Of Interest:

Supreme County won’t take up case of death row inmate who claims juror discrimination against him for being gay

Bitterly divided Supreme Court says the execution of Alabama inmate can go forward hours after it was called off

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