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Justice Department Issues Landmark Support for Public Defense Suit

September 25, 2014 — The Justice Department today submitted a “statement of interest” in a case filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP aimed at overhauling the state’s public defense system and slated to go to trial on Oct. 7. This is the first time that the Department of Justice has weighed in on public defense in a state court proceeding in the more than 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court held that states must provide the right to counsel to poor people accused of crimes.
Full Story  |  Topics: Capital Region, Due Process and Justice, Central New York, Genesee Valley, Lower Hudson Valley, Nassau County, New York City, Suffolk County
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