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Duncan v. Granholm: Indigent Defense Reform

Duncan v. Granholm: Indigent Defense Reform

2013-07-10 00:00:00

For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. Michigan provides no administrative oversight or funding for public defense at the trial level. There is no training for public defense attorneys, no performance standards to govern their practice, and no review of their performance. They have too many cases and insufficient resources to hire outside investigators or experts.In February 2007, the ACLU and its coalition partners filed Duncan v.

Halbert v. Michigan: Ensuring Legal Representation for Poor Defendants

Halbert v. Michigan: Ensuring Legal Representation for Poor Defendants

2005-06-23 00:00:00

Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed the one of a kind case after the law was passed in 1999.

For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. Michigan provides no...
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
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Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
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