Month: August 2012

Shelby County, TN (Memphis) faces difficult decisions in the wake of critical DOJ report

Pleading the Sixth: (Part 2 of a two-part series.) The United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ-CRD) delivered a report to Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis) in April 2012 stating the local court fails to ensure due process to children

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DOJ finds a lack of due process for children in Memphis delinquency courts

Pleading the Sixth: (Part 1 of a two-part series.) The United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (DOJ-CRD) delivered a report to Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis) in April 2012 stating the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County (JCMSC) fails

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Indigent defense bill introduced in Michigan legislature

Pleading the Sixth:  A sweeping indigent defense reform bill was introduced in the Michigan legislature on August 15, 2012 that promises to bring accountability to and improve the quality of right to counsel services in the state.  Initial signs are

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MO prosecutors take issue with state court decision on PD caseload controls

Pleading the Sixth: (Part 2 of a two-part series.) On July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state public defender commission has the authority to declare unavailability due to case overload. In response, the Missouri Association of Prosecuting

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MO Supreme Court rules that public defense commission can decline cases

Pleading the Sixth: (Part 1 of a two-part series.) On July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state public defender commission has the authority to declare unavailability due to case overload.  In response, the Missouri Association of Prosecuting

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