May 12, 2021

Public Defense News

Here is the public defense news for May 6-12, 2021:


Sentencing Project: A Second Look at Injustice

Civil Rights Corp: Shedding Light – Accounts of Texas Jails during COVID-19


Biden broadens push to put more public defenders on Appeals courts


Missouri lawmakers send budget with unemployment forgiveness, more public defenders to Parson

Editorial: OMG and get the smelling salts: Missouri agrees to hire more lawyers for the poor

Audio: Missouri legislature’s state budget negotiators recommend the hiring of 53 public defenders

Public defenders, Amtrak, schools among budget differences in conference committee


Louisiana House votes to end state public defender board

Streamlined system or political ‘czar’? Louisiana public defender overhaul spurs feisty debate


Campaign to overturn split-jury convictions keeps pressure on Oregon legal system


Court decision comes with hefty price tag, officials say


“We’ve ran out of ideas”: Arkansas public defender hopes jury trials resume


Indy council approves $100 for immigrant legal aid fund

County considers creating public defender’s office (Hancock)

Prosecutor wants additional staffing in 2022 (Madison)

New York:

21 newly-filed grievances shed light on prosecutorial misconduct in Queens, NY


Public defender Mano Raju condemns court backlog; 85% of jailed not convicted, just waiting day in court

LA Board of Supervisors, led by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, makes strides toward justice reform

A judge failed to recuse the Alameda DA’s office, the DA failed to make a reasonable officer, so the jury acquitted a man of murder

Orange County supervisors appoint new public defender


Public defender gets forensic social worker (8th Judicial District)


Ionia County public defender office adds social worker


Public defender’s office, warden reach agreement to resume virtual attorney visits at Harford County jail

Commentary: Banning ‘thin blue line’ masks in Maryland district courts the right thing to do, circuit courts must follow

‘Thin blue line’ masks, clothing banned for staff in Maryland district courts

Lawsuit seeks to remove last Confederate statue on public land in Maryland

New Mexico:

PD Post: Justices affirm pretrial release ruling in public defender case targeted by Bernalillo District Attorney


Hays County inches closer to indigent defense fund


Governor Carney nominates Kevin O’Connell as Chief Defender for the State of Delaware


43rd Judge Conrad L. Ball award honors Kathryn Hay

Of Interest:

Analysis: Race, Mass Incarceration and the War on Drugs

They just launched a war

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