New York state settles landmark suit over public defenders

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Apparently, the reperesentation by public defenders is so bad in NY that the state settled  a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is underfunded and violates indigent’s rights to effective counsel.

Under the agreement, New York must spend $4 million in the next two years to “increase attorney communications with poor criminal defendants, promote the use of investigators and experts, and improve the qualifications, training and supervision of lawyers representing indigent defendants.”

Newsweek article here: http://www.newsweek.com/new-york-tktk-landmark-public-defense-case-278889

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