Indigent Defense: Caseload Standards

, New York Law Journal

Steven Zeidman, director of CUNY School of Law's criminal defense clinic, writes that coinciding with legislative and executive interest in indigent criminal defense is a rare opportunity for the Judiciary to intervene. In 2007, the New York Civil Liberties Union sued New York State alleging systemic and flagrant violations of the constitutional right to counsel. In a rare kind of legal perfect storm, the case was heard yesterday by the Court of Appeals.

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