Cost of Suit to Improve Defense of the Indigent Raises Concerns

, New York Law Journal

Judges on the state's highest court expressed concern yesterday that they would be writing what one called a "blank check" by reinstating a challenge to New York's system of providing legal representation to indigent criminal defendants. "In the real world, that's going to cost money, isn't it, to do an adequate job?" Judge Smith asked NYCLU attorney Corey Stoughton, who conceded that lawyers for plaintiffs in the case do not know how much it would cost to significantly improve the effectiveness of counsel assigned to poor defendants.

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