All over the country, lawyers who defend poor people in criminal cases have been sharing their stories about painful budget cuts. Some federal public defenders have shut their doors to new clients after big layoffs. And in many states, the public defense system has operated in crisis for years. But an unprecedented recent court filing from the Justice Department has cheered the typically overburdened attorneys who represent the poor and could have dramatic implications for the representation of indigent defendants…
How Eric Holder Can Help Public Defenders and Their Clients
Source: Andrew Cohen, Atlantic, August 23, 2013
America’s most powerful prosecutor is urging Congress to give funding back to defense lawyers. But actions speak louder than words.
Sequestering Justice: How the Budget Crisis Is Undermining Our Courts
Source: U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts, Hearing, July 23, 2013
This hearing focused on the budget crisis facing the federal court system, which is now at its lowest level of staffing since 1999 due to budget cuts.