Month: January 2013

Williamson County TX settles “no counsel court” lawsuit

Pleading the Sixth: Williamson County, Texas settled a class action lawsuit alleging that judges engaged in a “systematic and deliberate scheme” to deprive “persons accused of misdemeanor offenses of their right to be represented by counsel.” By agreeing to set

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The United Nations takes the Ten Principles international

Pleading the Sixth: The United Nations General Assembly adopted new Principles and Guidelines for how member states should deliver indigent defense services. Drafted to help emerging nations grappling with equal justice concerns, the U.N. document can help us hold a

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Independence jeopardized with public defender reorganization plan in King County, Washington

Pleading the Sixth: King County, Washington (Seattle) released a plan for the reorganization of its right to counsel system.  Long-regarded as an indigent defense “best practice” jurisdiction, the County proposes to eliminate independence while transitioning the staff of the four

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