December 14, 2018

Public Defense News

Here is the public defense news December 7-14:

National:
The criminal justice reform bill you've never heard of

Ensuring those who can't hire a private lawyer have the best public defender (Ilham Askia)

Oregon:
New Report: Oregon's public defender system flawed

Oregon's public defense system 'is not constitutional' report finds

Louisiana:
State public defender warns Louisiana lawmakers of 'dire scenario' if funding isn't increased

Missouri:
Messenger: Missouri appeals court blasts hole in debtors's prison scheme

Wisconsin:
Attorney shortage causing court delays in court, state

Michigan:
Michigan County sues over new public defender rules (Oakland)

County fights new state standards for providing public defenders (Jackson)

Berrien board agrees to add PDO staff

County's new public defender tells board efforts are on schedule (Shiawassee)

Assistant prosecutor named chief public defender in Ingham County

Utah:
Utah improves criminal defense for poor defendants but still lags by various measures

Utah's troubled public defender system would get a big boost in funding under Gov. Gary Herbert's plan

Montana:
Audit finds minor issues with Montana's public defender division

Audit offers tweaks to public defender division

Washington:
Spokane County commissioners expected to rehire heads of public defender's office, counsel for defense

Mississippi:
Bryant pledges support for cutting criminal punishments

New York:
Fulton County Board of Supervisors to decide on public defender position

Baker appointed as Broome County public defender

When Brooklyn juries gentrify, defendants lose

Nebraska:
Editorial: Douglas County juvenile justice project would be a major plus for our community

Wyoming:
Governor names Casper public defender new Natrona County District Court judge

California:
Solano public defender DA's office battle over conflict of interest charges

Solano's interim public defender held same post before

Governor taps deputy public defender to serve as Solano jurist

Outgoing Solano public defender takes swipe at Solano DA

SF public defender wrong about tenderloin drug dealing

Florida:
Fallout from false arrests

Public defenders to collect professional clothing in annual drive Saturday (Orange-Osceola)

2 Broward public defenders, private defense lawyer eyeing Howard Finkelstein's job

Ruby Green announces candidacy for public defender (Broward)

Of Interest:
How incarcerated parents are losing their children forever

'This isn't just numbers—but lives': Half of Americans have family members who've been incarcerated

Survey: 69 percent of people would use online legal services over attorneys

New Resources:
NAPD: Assistance for the merit-based selection of public defender leader

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