2012 Indigent Defense News of Interest

NACDL is committed to ensuring quality representation for all accused individuals and has set out to help reform inadequate state and local indigent defense systems through technical assistance, public education, advocacy, and litigation. This page contains breaking news and cutting edge developments from 2012.

"Holland & Knight Partner Leaving Firm to Teach Indigent Defense at Georgetown," The Blog of LegalTimes, December 27, 2012.

"The Problem with the All-or-Nothing Approach to Incarceration," by Reihan Salam, National Review Online, December 19, 2012.

"Jailed without conviction: Behind bars for lack of money," by Katy Reckdahl, The Christian Science Monitor, December 16, 2012.

"Justice delayed -- and delayed and delayed," by John Yemma, The Christian Science Monitor, December 16, 2012.

"New Orleans tries reform of pretrial detention and bail," by Katy Reckdahl, The Christian Science Monitor, December 16, 2012.

"APNewsBreak: Lawyers eye break from public defense," Associated Press, December 14, 2012.

"Fordham professor speaks on lawyer independence," by Susan Maybury, Akron Legal News, December 10, 2012.

"Homeless Man Jailed For Charging Cell Phone," NPR, November 13, 2012.

"D.C. Government and Court Sued Over 'Post and Forfeit' Process," The Blog of LegalTimes, November 8, 2012.

"Michigan House OKs Overhaul of indigent defense," Houston Chronicle, November 8, 2012.

"NM voters approve independent public defender agency," by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press, November 6, 2012.

"Supreme Court to Hear New Case on Competence in Habeas Representation," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, October 30, 2012.

"Fla. Judge Strikes New Statute Requiring Courts to Pay Cost Overruns for Murder Defense Legal Fees," by Martha Neil, ABA Journal, October 29, 2012.

"N.M. Voters Face Five Proposals," by Dan Boyd, Albubuerque Journal, October 24, 2012.

"Free Speech Is One Thing, Vagrants, Another," by Malia Wollan, The New York Times, October 19, 2012.

"Constitutional Amendment 5 would establish public defender department," by Milan Simonich, Las Cruces Sun-News, October 8, 2012.

"Homeless Are Fighting Back Against Panhandling Bans," by Dan Frosch, The New York Times, October 5, 2012.

"Loitering Rules in Projects Are Too Vague, Judge Says," by Joseph Goldstein, The New York Times, October 4, 2012.

"Bureau of Justice Assistance Provides $27 million to Drug Courts and Mental Health Programs," The Sacramento Bee, October 4, 2012.

"Public defender's office reacts to caseload cap," by Sasu Siegelbaum, Missourian, October 1, 2012.

"Editorial: Ineffective Counsel in Georgia," The New York Times, September 19, 2012.

"Defense lawyers give $10K to NM group backing independent public defender ballot proposal," Associated Press, September 14, 2012.

"Bar groups urge state's high court to overturn city's indigent defense plan," by Dan Wiessner, Reuters, September 5, 2012.

"Defense attorneys call new flat fee for taking on indigent cases a crime," by Daphne Duret, Palm Beach Post, July 14, 2012.

"Florida Supremes face political battle to keep jobs," by Dara Kam, Palm Beach Post, July 14, 2012.

"Mass. court tightens rules on indigent defendants," by Denise Lavoire, Associated Press, July 13, 2012.

"Editorial: Michigan should enact recommended reforms to ensure justice for indigent defendants," Detroit Free Press, July 5, 2012.

"Wash. cities grapple with new public defense rules," by Gene Johnson, Associated Press, June 25, 2012.

"Better standards sought in defense of poor," by Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press, June 23, 2012.

"Defenders dwindling," The Advocate, June 19, 2012.

"Pennsylvania Public Defenders Rebel Against Crushing Caseloads," Huffington Post, June 16, 2012.

"Michigan Finally Eyeing Changes To Lawyers For Poor," NPR, June 14, 2012.

"Preying on the Poor," Huffington Post, May 17, 2012.

"Is There Racial Bias In Clemency Decisions?NPR, May 16, 2012.

"DOJ Could Increase Awareness of Eligible Funding and Better Determine the Extent to Which Funds Help Support This Purpose," U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 9, 2012.

"Subverting the Miranda Rule," The New York Times, May 2, 2012.

"State lawmakers reverse high court ruling on public defenders," The Baltimore Sun, April 13, 2012.

"PD Files Suit Claiming Staffing Shortages Led to Rejection of More than 300 Defendants," ABA Journal, April 11, 2012.

"N.H. Parents On Their Own In Abuse, Neglect Cases," NPR, April 2, 2012.

"A Broader Right to Counsel,” The New York Times, March 22, 2012.

"Civil liberties groups challenge Queens DA interviews," Thomson Reuters, March 20, 2012.

"Bar groups appealing ruling on city's indigent defense plan," Thomson Reuters, March 20, 2012

"Public defender bills advance in Assembly," The Baltimore Sun, March 1, 2012.

Stronger hand for Judges in ‘Bazaar of Plea Deals,” The New York Times, March 22, 2012.

A Broader Right to Counsel,” The New York Times, March 22, 2012.

Thousands of Reasons to Fund Legal Aid,” The Florida Herald-Tribune, March 18, 2012.

Closely Divided Panel Upholds City’s Plan to Revise 18-B Plan,” The New York Law Journal, March 16, 2012.

"Bill Seeks To Cut State Spending On Public Defenders," Radio Boston, March 19, 2012.

"Department of Justice Prioritizes Improving Legal Representation for Indigent Defendants," DOJ's The Justice Blog, February 9, 2012. 

The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, has announced that it is seeking applications for funding to research issues relevant to State and local indigent criminal defense services, policies and practices for juvenile and adult defendants. To view the grant application click for Social Science Research on Indigent Defense click here.

"Public defender bills advance in Assembly," The Baltimore Sun, March 1, 2012.

"DOJ: $2.4 Million to Help Improve Indigent Defense," ABA Journal, March 1, 2012.

"Indigent defense cases accepted by New Orleans politicians, media figures," The Times-Picayune, February 24, 2012.

"Appeals court decision has Maryland judicial system searching for a cost-effective alternative," The Washington Post, February 16, 2012.

"Judge Asks High-Profile Lawyers for Pro Bono Service after Layoffs of 21 Public Defenders," ABA Journal, February 16, 2012.

"Orleans Parish public defenders' office in crisis: An editorial," Nola.com, February 6, 2012.

"Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the American Bar Association’s National Summit on Indigent Defense," Department of Justice, February 6, 2012.

"Eric Holder Announces $2.4M in Grants to Help Improve Indigent Criminal Defense Services," ABA Journal, February 4, 2012.

"Maryland public defender asks for stay in high court's ruling," The Baltimore Sun, February 2, 2012.

"House panel passes public defender funding measure," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 1, 2012.

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