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Pasztor's attorney, prosecutor argue to seal records | Local News ...Unequal funding, unequal justiceUnequal funding, unequal justicePeoria County Public Defender's Office could go full time2 clashing lawmen spotlight SF's divisions on criminal justiceBickford-Rice pleads not guilty, has new lawyerEthics commission says former public defender Matt Shirk should admit guilt, pay bigger fineEthics Commission says former public defender Matt Shirk should face larger fineAttorney's illness throws Sanderson murder case in doubtRobert Jenkins: Hayes sentencing and public defendersFormer public defender explains why we need to go further on ... - PBSAmple funding for public defenders makes justice work for allRichard A. Boccio, 82, Erie County's chief public defender for 20 yearsDisgraced Stamford attorney makes restitution payment, but still owes over half millionState takes steps toward public defense reform

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Scott shifts 21 murder cases away from prosecutor
WJXT JacksonvilleApril 4, 2017

"The governor's actions might reasonably cause constitutionally elected officers to believe that they are at risk when making a decision that is within their purview but is politically unpopular," said 10th Judicial Circuit Assistant Public Defender ...more »

Attorney: Homeless man being 'scapegoated' in fiery bridge collapse
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionApril 4, 2017

Markowitz, who works for the Fulton County Public Defender's Office, declined to say more because Basil Eleby may have a team of private attorneys in place to represent him within the next 10 days. Eleby is accused of setting a chair on fire, which, in ...more »

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Pasztor's attorney, prosecutor argue to seal records | Local News ...
Goshen NewsApril 26, 2017

GOSHEN — It could be several more weeks before a local judge issues his decision about whether Amber Pasztor's court records should remain sealed or stay ...more »

Unequal funding, unequal justice
Bucks County Courier TimesApril 25, 2017

As reported in our story, "In Bucks County, the annual budget for the DA's office has been consistently double the public defender's budget — and it has received larger annual funding increases. Since 2005, the prosecutors office has had its budget ...more »

Unequal funding, unequal justice
The IntelligencerApril 25, 2017

As reported in our story, "In Bucks County, the annual budget for the DA's office has been consistently double the public defender's budget — and it has received larger annual funding increases. Since 2005, the office has had its budget increase by $2 ...more »

Peoria County Public Defender's Office could go full time
Peoria Journal StarApril 25, 2017

PEORIA — The way Peoria County pays its public defenders might change after more than 30 years. For years, the office has thrived on an independent contractor model with no full-time employees. Now, under a proposal pushed by the judges of the 10th ...more »

2 clashing lawmen spotlight SF's divisions on criminal justice
San Francisco ChronicleApril 23, 2017

San Francisco is fortunate to have two opposing lawmen who are equally dedicated and principled in their pursuit of justice — District Attorney George Gascón and Public Defender Jeff Adachi. I find myself siding with Adachi in most cases, but I find ...more »

Bickford-Rice pleads not guilty, has new lawyer
Glens Falls Post-StarApril 21, 2017

There had been plea talks between the Washington County District Attorney's Office and Public Defender Michael Mercure, with a plea deal that would send Bickford-Rice to state prison for up to 7 years on the table. But both the district attorney's ...more »

Ethics commission says former public defender Matt Shirk should admit guilt, pay bigger fine
Florida Times-UnionApril 21, 2017

Shirk will be asked to negotiate a new agreement, but he can also ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge instead. Shirk is also facing an investigation by the Florida Bar, which has the power to strip him of his license to practice law ...more »

Ethics Commission says former public defender Matt Shirk should face larger fine
Florida Times-UnionApril 21, 2017

Shirk will be asked to negotiate a new agreement, but he can also ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge instead. Shirk is also facing an investigation by the Florida Bar, which has the power to strip him of his license to practice law ...more »

Attorney's illness throws Sanderson murder case in doubt
Danbury News TimesApril 21, 2017

Both the defense and prosecution were preparing to give closing statements Tuesday, after weeks of testimony, when Public Defender Michael Courtney failed to show up in court. Officials from the public defender's office said he was in the hospital but ...more »

Robert Jenkins: Hayes sentencing and public defenders
WWL First NewsApril 21, 2017

Cardell Hayes, the man who shot & killed Will Smith, was sentenced 25 years for killing the former Saints star defensive end - 15 for attempted manslaughter of Will's wife Raquel. Are you satisfied or disappointed? Hayes is 29 - he must serve 25 years ...more »

Former public defender explains why we need to go further on ... - PBS
PBS NewsHourApril 20, 2017

Based in part on the author's experience as a public defender in Washington, D.C., a new book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” ...more »

Ample funding for public defenders makes justice work for all
Seattle TimesApril 20, 2017

Most often — and most critically — those lawyers are the public defenders whose daily job is no less than ensuring that our courts are truly upholding the values that are central to our shared beliefs. The ideal of “equal justice under law” can only ...more »

Richard A. Boccio, 82, Erie County's chief public defender for 20 years
Buffalo NewsApril 20, 2017

Richard Anthony Boccio, an attorney who was chief public defender for the Erie County Legal Aid Bureau for 20 years, died April 8 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he ...more »

Disgraced Stamford attorney makes restitution payment, but still owes over half million
The AdvocateApril 20, 2017

Ornousky said that signing the civil judgment was about the last thing White could do to ensure if Snaider comes up with any money it would go to the Client Security Fund, which every attorney in the state, including public defenders and prosecutors, ...more »

State takes steps toward public defense reform
Albany Times Union (blog)April 20, 2017

1 to broadly ensure that criminal defendants are represented by public counsel if eligible, that public defenders — often short-staffed and burdened by heavy caseloads — receive relief and that the quality of public defense is improved. Similar ...more »

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