Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Justice delayed

My column in today’s Shreveport Times addresses the indigent defense reform process in Louisiana. Lots of history on this issue. For more info see: John Hill reported the governor is on the side of the district attorneys in indigent defense. Louisiana Justice Coalition is working to promote reform of indigent defense. The indigent defense reform bill (SB 323) will soon come up for a vote in the House. Check legislature's website for updates and to see/hear the final floor debate on this legislation. National Legal Aid & Defender Association American Bar Association report, “Gideon’s Broken Promise” History of the Right to Counsel Louisiana Supreme Court decision on Adrian v. Citizen saying if indigent clients couldn't get adequate representation then they couldn't be tried at all. See press release from April 1, 2005