Month: October 2012

New reports promote public defender model for Texas

Pleading the Sixth: Two new independent reports out of Texas conclude that the public defender model provides better, more cost-efficient representation than the assigned counsel model. In a companion piece, a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice report makes the same argument.

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Are public defenders better than appointed counsel? DOJ says “yes”

Pleading the Sixth: A 2011 report by the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics concludes that the public defender model provides better, more cost-efficient representation than the assigned counsel model.  In a companion piece, the same argument

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New Mexico voters to decide fate of public defender independence

Pleading the Sixth: Advocates in New Mexico have tried for years to insulate the state public defender from undue political interference with no success.  So now the voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to require the legislature

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Missouri prosecutors claim new audit report proves defender caseload woes are a manufactured myth

Pleading the Sixth: On October 10, 2012, the Missouri state auditor released a report on the state public defender system that the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys claims “shatters the unsupported claims” of excessive caseloads across the state and accuses

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