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  • Presumed Guilty

    Over a ten year span, judges in Cuyahoga County, Ohio threw out more than 350 cases mid-trial because prosecutors did not present enough basic evidence. The results of the investigative series shows how the broken system allowed hundreds of defendants to walk free.
  • Not Enough Money or Time to Defend Detroit's Poor

    According to the 6th Amendment everyone is reserved the right to have adequate representation in court. Though, in Detroit, a national public defender crisis has broken out due to overworked and underpaid defenders. This is a problem throughout the national, but has reached crisis levels in Michigan. "More than 90 percent of criminal defenders in Wayne County cannot afford their own lawyers", so to make up for this public defenders are used for representation instead.
  • Conflicted Justice

    The series found "major problems with a little-known but significant aspect of indigent defense in Nevada. When two or more indigent defendants are charge in the same case, each defendant's testimony might implicate another. To avoid conflicts of interest that would occur if co-defendants were represented by a county public defender, that office represents only one, and private lawyers are hired by judges to represent the rest. Alan Maimon's reporting revealed that some conflict attorneys claimed to work more than 24 hours in a single day. Some spent excessive time on certain cases that paid a higher hourly rate, and tended to hastily offer guilty pleas on cases that did not pay as well."
  • Judge criticized for giving cases to one lawyer; Bench practice of appointing poses conflict

    The story reveals how Cuyahoga county's judges have become heavily dependent on campaign contributions from the hundreds of lawyers assigned to represent the poor- and who share millions of dollars in tax refund fees for doing it. The Dealer also details one particular story of a judge who diverted scores of cases over the past three years and authorized more than $1,000 in questionable fees to a single lawyer.
  • Unclogging Gideon's trumpet: Mississippi suits are the latest to attack state defense funding.

    The National Law Journal examines the state of criminal defense spending by states, most notably Mississippi. David E. Rovella writes "defense lawyers contend that budgets for already-overtaxed indigent defense systems are flat or have been cut. And in states without a public defense system, they argue, the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, which guarantees state-funded indigent criminal defense, is ineffective." The National Law Journal writes about "three lawsuits filed in a recent weeks have challenged the way Mississippi provides criminal defense to the poor. They are the latest in a handful of suits nationwide attacking what defense lawyers say is the hidden price of war on crime: the erosion of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel."
  • Unequal loyalty

    ABA Journal invetigates how some federal public defenders try to serve two masters -- judges who appoint them and clients they represent. The article tells the story of New Mexico prosecutor Tova Indritz who "was punished for caring more about the interests of her clients than of the courts where she practiced."
  • Tricks of the Trade

    The Dallas Morning News tells the story of Catherine Shelton, a Texas lawyer who had been "implicated in a series of violent incidents -- including murder. She had been accused of more than (once) of swindling clients and of being a bad lawyer. Yet, she continues to work as a criminal defense attorney with the blessing of the State Bar of Texas."
  • Dangerous Minds

    Vince Greer was a normal eighth grader until he wounded his father and killed his mother with a .22 rifle on Nov. 26, 1997. One of St. Louis' leading child psychiatrists has determined that Vince is schizophrenic, but the boy has been certified to stand trial as an adult. The story considers the use of mental health as a criminal defense.
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    The Miami Herald looks at how federal investigators broke the Cali cartel's Miami connection. In the process of the Department of Justice's investigation into Miami's cocaine business, federal investigators discovered a number of unpleasant ties between Colombian drug runners and some of South Florida's most prominent criminal defense attorneys. (Aug. 11, 1996)
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    Eastsideweek examines a case where a policeman allegedly detained a couple in an attempt to prevent them from carrying through with an abortion; finds the state patrol did not conduct a thorough investigation until prompted by a reporter. The trooper was eventually charged with unlawful imprisonment, September - December 1994.