Juvenile justice reform in Georgia is dead, at least for 2012. Lingering questions about the state’s cost for prosecutors and public defenders in juvenile courts scuttled the bill Monday at the 11th hour.
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‘Deadbeat’ parents caught in a debtor’s prison New leader, same problems for public defenders
Robert “Mack” Crawford was named a Griffin Circuit Superior Court judge last week despite a blistering eight-page critique of his management of Georgia’s system of public defenders. Criminal defense attorney Stephen Bright wrote the Judicial Nominating Commission trying to block Crawford’s appointment, describing his three years as director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council as an “unmitigated disaster.”
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A judge Tuesday gave Gov. Sonny Perdue 30 days to hire attorneys for convicted felons who have gone as long as three years without them. The state is constitutionally required to provide the lawyers even if the responsible agency, the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, doesn’t have the cash to do so, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter ruled.
Nearly 200 criminal defendants have no state-paid lawyer as required by Georgia law to handle their appeals, according to a civil suit filed today. More than half have waited more than a year without an attorney. Budget cuts and a 2008 Supreme Court decision lie at the heart of the problem. “When our system of criminal justice does not itself comply with the rule of law, its integrity is fairly questioned,” said attorney Michael A. Caplan. “That integrity is what is at issue in this case.”
Is a funding shortage for public defenders sufficient to toss a death penalty prosecution? The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments on that question today. Jamie Ryan Weis, accused in February 2006 of beating and killing Catherine King in her Pike County home, contends a state funding shortage has denied him a proper defense. Weis’s […]