October 14, 2020

Public Defense News

Here is the public defense news for Oct 8-14 2020:

In Memoriam:

Donald McKee, long time Chief Public Defender, Indiana County, PA


R2C: Stakeholder Engagement Report


The Constitution is on Pause in America’s courtrooms

Opinion: Policymakers, time to end juvenile life sentencing

Jonathan Rapping looks to fulfill “Gideon’s Promise”


Overworked public defenders


Maine hires lawyers with criminal records to defend poor residents. The Governor wants reform.

She was afraid of her lawyer. Then the text messages started.

Lawyers with criminal backgrounds and disciplinary records represent poor defendants in Maine


In Florida, the gutting of a landmark law leaves few felons likely to vote

Florida ruled felons must pay to vote. Now, it doesn’t know how many can.

Attorney of the year finalist: Public defender Carlos Martinez scrutinized corrupt police convictions

North Carolina:

Court said felons who only owe fees can vote in NC, but making it happen involves obstacles


Inconsistent California court livestreaming – a public access crisis

Mental health court gives public defenders a tool for treatment (Butte County)

Pros and cons of proposition 25 – bail and problematic consequences for California’s defendants

Letter: No on Prop. 25

Governor Newsom adds another prosecutor to the California Supreme Court. The state has not had a justice with experience as a public defender since the mid-1980s.

New York:

A broken bond; How New York judges are getting around bail reform

Public defender pick Ruth Boyer tells committee she’s ‘perfect fit’ for position (Ulster)

Oversight committee approves chief Ulster County public defender

Giants team with the Bronx Defenders to highlight legal representation for low-income people

Summer program helped bolster local indigent defense

New Jersey:

Jury selection via zoom is so thorny, a New Jersey court lawyered up – and beat a challenge

New Jersey’s first socially distanced jury trial will move forward in Bergen County


Opinion: It’s time to reexamine Lehigh County’s criminal justice spending


St. Clair County indigent defense budget increases by more than $300K for 2021

Commissioners bring state public defender staffing request forward (Branch County)


Public defender agency wants regular prison testing

Mass. public defenders call for more COVID testing in correctional facilities after recent outbreaks


McDugle to hold study on death penalty procedures


State suspends practice of taking money from inmates who owe restitution


Superior Court judge reprimanded after prosecutor, public defender file complaint


Two Harris County district judges face favoritism allegations in defense appointments

Bexar County jail overcrowded due to governor’s order

Commissioners to discuss funding for indigent defense coordinator program, more (Hays County)

Indigent defense coordinator program renewed (Hays County)


Louisiana public defender board optimal funding groups new members appointed

How New Orleans activists are pushing DA candidates to end mass incarceration


Order in the court: 5 things CT attorneys say about courts reopening

Public defenders coming to Norwich to aid un-represented defendants

Public defenders taking outdoor applications Wednesday in New London

New Mexico:

Tipping the scales of justice?


Georgia non-profit Gideon’s promise aims to help public defenders and their clients

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