News Coverage

New York Times – Pay Up or Go to Jail – Editorial Board – (May 20, 2014)

NPRGuilty and Charged Special Series – Joseph Shapiro (May 2014) – An NPR investigation has found an explosion in the use of fees charged to criminal defendants across the country, which has created a system of justice that targets the poor. NPR’s yearlong investigation included more than 150 interviews with lawyers, judges, offenders in and out of jail, government officials, advocates and other experts. Read all eight stories in the series.

The Washington TimesLouisiana public defenders struggle financially – Lauren Langlois – (May 12, 2014)

Boston GlobeCriminal justice lawyers are becoming ‘working poor,’ study says – John R. Ellement – (May 8, 2014)

Columbus Telegram (New England) – Heavy workload forces public defender to divert cases – Julie Blum – (May 7, 2014)

Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan) – Raj Jayadev: Shifting views on public defense – Raj Jayadev – (April 25, 2014)

Miami HeraldProsecutors, public defenders need improved compensation – Kenneth Bell, a former Florida Supreme Court justice and Dominic Calabro, chief executive officer of Florida TaxWatch – (April 25, 2014)

The Clarion-Ledger (Mississippi) – Public defenders overlooked in prison reform effort – Leslie Lee, state public defender for Mississippi – (April 19, 2014)

The Times-Tribune (Pennsylvania) – Step toward true justice – (April 10, 2014)

Associated Press (Pennsylvania) – Bill pays for lawyers to help Pennsylvania poor – (April 8, 2014)

Portland Press Herald (Maine) – Citing low pay by state, Maine lawyers stop taking sex-assault cases – Kaitlin Schroeder – (April 3, 2014)

Democrat & Chronicle (New York) – Watchdog: State raids legal funds for poor – Gary Craig – (March 25, 2014)

Equal Voice (Marguerite Casey Foundation) – Movement Building and Challenging Mass Incarceration – Raj Jayadev – (March 4, 2014)

Associated Press (Idaho) Idaho House panel backs bill on public defenders – Katie Terhune – (March 3, 2014)

The News Journal (Delaware) – Shabby legal counsel for the poor is indefensible – (February 20, 2014)

New York TimesPublic Defenders, Bolstered by a Work Analysis and Rulings, Push Back Against a Tide of Cases – Erik Eckholm – (February 18, 2014)

The Times-Picayune (Louisiana) – Audit: Louisiana public defender board underfunded, noncomplicant with state law – Lauren McGaughy – (February 17, 2014)

San Antonio Express-NewsInnovation in indigent defense makes for smart justice – Jim Bethke and Sharon Keller – (February 14, 2014)

Los Angeles Times – Juvenile justice system overhaul pondered – Abby Sewell – (February 11, 2014)

San Antonio Express–NewsComal County to host national test of ‘client choice’ – Zeke MacCormack – (January 25, 2014)

The Week This is the one area where America really needs more lawyers – Andrew Cohen – (January 22, 2014)

The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionLawsuit targets Georgia public defender office – Bill Rankin – (January 7, 2014)

Idaho Press-TribuneLegislature to examine public defender services – John Funk – (January 5, 2014)

New York TimesBudget Cuts Imperil Federal Court System, Roberts Says – Adam Liptak – (December 31, 2013)

Skagit Valley Herald (Washington) – In lawsuit’s wake, cities increase public defense budget – Gina Cole and Rachel Lerman – (December 31, 2013)

Associated Press (Colorado) – Lawmakers look to increase legal aid to juveniles – Ivan Moreno – (December 24, 2013)

New Hampshire Union LeaderNH Supreme Court to take up issue of payment for legal services – Shawne K. Wickham – (December 22, 2013)

Times Union (New York) – Trial set for public defender lawsuit – Alysia Santo – (December 17, 2013)

Associated Press (New York) – NY judge sets trial on legal aid for the poor – (December 17, 2013)

Associated Press (Washington)– Judge: Washington towns fail poor defendants – Gene Johnson – (December 5, 2013)

Associated Press (Idaho) – Lawmakers: Idaho needs public defense commission– (November 20, 2013)

Washington PostReforming justice system is personal goal for Eric Holder Jr. – Sari Horwitz – (November 14, 2013)

The Lens (Louisiana) – Chief public defender sounds off: Time to fix a ‘perverse’ system of justice – Derwyn Bunton – (November 14, 2013)

NPR Does Equal Justice For All Include The Poor? – Michael Martin – (November 5, 2013)

The Fresno Bee (California) – Fresno County under scrutiny over size of public defender staff – Marc Benjamin – (October 26, 2013)

The Atlantic Want a Fair Trial? Pay for Your Own Lawyer – Andrew Cohen – (October 25, 2013)

The AtlanticHow Much Does a Public Defender Need to Know About a Client? – Andrew Cohen – (October 23, 2013)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri) – Missouri public defender system cites budget crunch – Associated Press – (October 21, 2013)

The Island Packet (South Carolina) – Packet Indigent defendants should have a lawyer – Editorial – (October 13, 2013)

The New York TimesNew, Young Help for Poor in Infamous Bronx Courts – E. C. Gogolak – (October 11, 2013)

The Island Packet (South Carolina) – ACLU: Equal justice for poor remains unfulfilled in SC municipal courts – Tom Barton – (October 5, 2013)

Lincoln Courier (Illinois) – Matthew T. Mangino: DOJ comes to the aid of public defenders – Matthew T. Mangino – (September 27, 2013)

The Baltimore SunCourt restores right to public defenders at bail hearings – Tricia Bishop – (September 25, 2013)

The OklahomanFederal budget cuts mean layoffs, furloughs for Oklahoma public defenders – Jonathan Sutton – (September 21, 2013)

Al Jazeera – Betraying Gideon in Alpine, Texas – Rachel Monroe – (September 20, 2013)

The HillEssential role of private lawyers in defending the poor – Norman Lefstein – (September 19, 2013)

Silicon Valley De-Bug (California) – Gideon’s Army Deserves Back Up – Raj Jayadev – (September 15, 2013)

The Seattle TimesIndigent-defense case could result in federal oversight of a public-defender agency – Mike Carter – (September 7, 2013)

The New York TimesFederal Oversight on Public Defense – The Editorial Board – (September 7, 2013)

The Times-Picayune (Louisiana) – Longtime New Orleans federal defender fires herself amid deep budget cuts – Juliet Linderman – (September 6, 2013)

Tampa Bay TimesEditorial: Budget cuts impair justice system – Times Editorial Board – (September 6, 2013)

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia) – Budget cuts to federal public defenders bring extra costs – Frank Green – (September 3, 2013)

NPR – Justice Dept. Tackles Quality Of Defense For The Poor – Carrie Johnson – (September 3, 2013)

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) – Appointed attorneys’ pay rate cut by sequester – Kathy Lynn Gray  – (August 31, 2013)

Daily Press (Virginia) – Federal judges: Public defender cuts not saving money – Ashley K. Speed and Peter Dujardin – (August 25, 2013)

NPR – Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More – Ted Robbins – (August 24, 2013)

The New York Times – Public Defenders Are Tightening Belts Because of Steep Federal Budget Cuts – Ron Nixon –  (August 23, 2013)

The Washington Post – Defendants’ legal rights undermined by budget cuts – Eric H. Holder Jr. – (August 22, 2013)

Star Tribune (Minnesota) – Public defender crisis deserves our attention – Gail Rosenblum – (August 21, 2013)

USA TodayPublic defenders, probation services to have cutbacks – Kevin Johnson –  (August 19, 2013)

The Spokesman-Review (Idaho) – Burdick to lawmakers: Idaho’s public defender system is ‘broken’ – Betsy Z. Russell – (August 15, 2013)

Star Journal (Illinois) – Top federal public defender wary of sequester effects – Andy Kravetz – (August 09, 2013)

The Times – Tribune (Pennsylvania)– Budget cuts decimating federal public defender offices – Terrie Morgan-Besecker  – (July 29, 2013)

Orlando Sentinel  Looming budget cuts will ‘crush’ federal public defenders office  – Mark K. Matthews – (June 28, 2013)

The Sacramento Bee (California) – Federal public defender in Sacramento decries budget cuts – Denny Walsh – ( July 26, 2013)

New York Times Blog: Taking Note – So, About Your Right to an Attorney… – Dorothy J. Samuels – (July 25, 2013)

The Huffington Post – Sequestration’s Biggest Victim: The Public Defender System – Sam Stein and Ryan J. Reilly – (July 22, 2013)

The New York Times  – Justice Sequestered  – The Editorial Board – (July 20, 2013)

Azcentral.com (Arizona) – Public defenders in lurch – Lindsey Collom – (July 17, 2013)

Daily Kos – “Gideon’s Army: A Note to Those Heroes in Public Defense” – Blog Post – (July 2, 2013)

Esquire – Gideon’s Army Film Review – Mark Warren – (July 1, 2013)

The Atlantic – The Most Overworked, Underfunded ‘Army’ in American History – Andrew Cohen – (July 1, 2013)

The New York Times – Movie Review: Foot Soldiers in the Battle for a Fair Shake – Defending the Underclass in ‘Gideon’s Army’ – Stephen Holden – (June 27, 2013)

HuffPost Live – Fighting The Deep South Criminal Justice System – Video Interview with Director Dawn Porter – (June 24, 2013)

MSNBC.com – Public defenders challenging the system in new film – Meredith Clark – (June 23, 2013)

WSPA (North Carolina) – Public Defenders: Innocent People Face Conviction – Gordon Dill – (May 3, 2011)

The Advocate (Louisiana) – Letter: Justice concerns all of us – Frank Neuner – (March 25, 2013)

Associated Press (Idaho) – Federal public defenders face budget cuts – Michelle R. Smith – (March 25, 2013)

Associated Press – Panel: Time to study the public defender system – (March 25, 2013)

The Inquirer (Philadelphia) – Public defenders oppose Glouco plan to outsource jail – Andrew Seidman – (March 25, 2013)

The Daily Progress (Virginia) – Movement afoot to bring public defender pay up to level of prosecution staff – K. Burnell Evans – (March 26, 2013)

Associated Press (Ohio)  Ohio counties vary in providing defense for poor  (March 24, 2013)

The Daily Progress (Virginia) – Movement afoot to bring public defender pay up to level of prosecution staff – March 24, 2013

The Plain Dealer (Ohio) – 50 years later after Gideon, inconsistencies diminish the right to counsel: Joe Frolik – Joe Frolik – (March 24, 2013)

Green Bay Press Gazette – Marc Hammer column: In defense of Gideon, public defenders Marc A. Hammer – (March 24, 2013)

Daily American (Pennsylvania) – Public defenders: protecting the rights of the poor – Judy D.J. Ellich – (March 23, 2013)

The Tennessean – TN court-appointed attorneys paid less than in most states, study finds – Bobby Allyn – (March 23, 2013)

The Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota) – Marking the 50th anniversary of Gideon – Tim Purdon and Neil Fulton – (March 23, 2013)

The Boston Herald – Right to counsel still under fire – Laurel G. Bellows – (March 23, 2013)

The Columbus Dispatch – Providing poor with defense lawyer varies by county – John Futty – (March 23, 2013)

San Angelo Times (Texas) – Texas Legislature: Exonerees seek new legislation – Matthew Waller – (March 23, 2013)

Associated Press (Nebraska) – ACLU says Neb public defender office understaffed – Margery A. Beck – (March 22, 2013)

American Statesman (Texas) – Judges, attorneys debating changes to public defense services in Travis County  Jazmine Ulloa – (March 22, 2013)

Huffington Post – On Gideon’s Anniversary: Legal Rights for the Homeless – Tom Ammiano – (March 22, 2013)

Huffington Post – Bringing Gideon’s “Noble Ideal” to the Immigration System – Carmen Iguina and Michael Kaufman – (March 22, 2013)

Minneapolis Post – Happy anniversary, Clarence Gideon – Judge Kevin S. Burke – (March 22, 2013)

The San Diego Union-Tribune – Path to Justice Starts With Equal Legal Rights – Laura Duffy – (March 22, 2013)

Rockland County Times (New York) – Reflection on Gideon v. Wainwright 50th Anniversary – Jonathan Gradess – (March 21, 2013)

The Nation – ‘Gideon v. Wainwright,’ Fifty Years Later – Stephen B. Bright and Sia M. Sanneh – (March 20, 2013)

The Advocate (Louisiana) – Justice Concerns All of Us – Frank Neuner – (March 20, 2013)

Patriot Ledger (Massachusetts) – Clarence Gideon Ensured Justice for All – Anthony J. Benedetti – (March 20, 2013)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Gideon’s Promise: A historic case ensures legal defense for the poor – Editorial – (March 19, 2013)

Cincinnati Enquirer – Voices: Honoring the right to counsel – Stephen Florian – (March 19, 2013)

Anderson Independent Mail (South Carolina) – Celebrating 50 Years of the Right to Counsel – Hervery Young – (March 19, 2013)

Minnesota Star Tribune – Minnesota Public Defender: Access to counsel is at risk – John Stuart – (March 18, 2013)

Associated Press – Serious Problems Persist In Indigent Legal Defense – Mark Sherman – (March 18, 2013)

The Crime Report  Chasing Gideon – Cara Tabachnick – (March 18, 2013)

Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee) – Right-to-Attorney Ruling Turns 50 Today – Todd South – (March 18, 2013)

CNN – Gideon’ at 50 and the Right to Counsel: Their Words – Bill Mears – (March 18, 2013)

Colorlines – On ‘Gideon’s’ 50th, a Crisis in Public Defense Deepens Racial Inequality – Seth Freed Wessler – (March 18, 2013)

Huffington Post – A Promise Worth Keeping: Restoring Fairness to America’s Justice System – Jonathan Rapping – (March 18, 2013)

Los Angeles Times – Violating the Right to a Lawyer – Stephen B. Bright and Sia Sanneh – (March 18, 2013)

The Patriot News (Pennsylvania) – As I See It: Fifty years after Gideon, Pennsylvania fails to deliver on its promise of equal access to justice – Reggie Shuford – (March 18, 2013)

Toledo Blade (Ohio) – Gideon’s Promise – Editorial – (March 18, 2013)

Aiken Standard (South Carolina) – The Case that Transformed the Judicial System Turns 50 – Harry Dest – (March 18, 2013)

WMBB (Florida) – Gideon: Bay County’s link to landmark Supreme Court case – J. Michael Brown – (March 18, 2013)

Northern Virginia Daily – Public Defender Reflects on 50th Anniversary Of Landmark Case – Joe Back – (March 18, 2013)

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio) – 50 Years Ago, U.S. Supreme Court Said Indigent Defendants Are Entitled to Free Attorney – Peter Krouse – (March 18, 2013)

Portland Press Herald (Maine) – 50 Years Later, Right to a Lawyer Still In Question – Editorial – (March 18, 2013)

The Gazette (Iowa) – Justice Is Fair Representation for Both Sides – Sean R. Berry – (March 18, 2013)

San Francisco Examiner – Fulfilling Gideon’s Promise that the Accused Deserve a Lawyer – Jeff Adachi – (March 17, 2013)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Landmark Decision on Right to Counsel Marks 50th Anniversary – Paula Reed Ward – (March 17, 2013)

The Sacramento Bee (California) – Right to Counsel Is Under Duress Due to Sequester Cutbacks – Benjamin B. Wagner and Linda Harter – (March 17, 2013)

The Sun Chronicle (Massachusetts) – You Have the Right to an Attorney’ – David Linton (March 17, 2013)

New York Times – Gideon’s Muted Trumpet – Paul Butler – (March 17, 2013)

New York Times – Public Defenders, 50 Years after the Gideon Ruling – Jonathan Rapping – (March 17, 2013)

NBC News – A ‘Nobody’s’ Legacy: How a semi-literate ex-con changed the legal system – M. Alex Johnson and Vidya Rao – (March 17, 2013)

News Herald (Florida) – Panama City Case Changed Legal History 50 Years Ago – Randal Yakey – (March 17, 2013)

Detroit Free Press (Michigan)– Kilpatrick’s Peers Deserve Good Lawyers, Too – Brian Dickerson – (March 17, 2013)

The Herald (California) – Gideon’s Promise: 50 Years after Landmark Case, Public Defenders Worry about Their Future – Julia Reynolds – (March 16, 2013)

The Atlantic Journal-Constitution (Georgia) – Landmark Gideon Ruling Marks 50th Anniversary – Bill Rankin – (March 16, 2013)

Kane County Chronicle (Illinois) – Kane County Public Defenders Celebrate Anniversary of Landmark Decision – Brenda Schory – (March 16, 2013)

CBS News – Gideon v. Wainwright – Case Providing Defendants an Attorney – Turns 50 – (March 16, 2013)

Washington Post – Indigent clients suffer as public defenders struggle to keep up with caseloads – Karen Houppert – (March 15, 2013)

The Atlantic – Eric Holder: A ‘State of Crisis’ for the Right to Counsel – Andrew Cohen – (March 15, 2013)

NPR – 50 Years after Key Case, Problems Defending the Poor Persist – Carrie Johnson – (March 15, 2013)

Times-Herald (California) – Napa County Supervisors Proclaim March 18 ‘Gideon Day’ in Napa County – (March 15, 2013)

HuffPost Live – “Gideon’s Broken Trumpet” – Mike Sacks – (March 14, 2013)

The Guardian – Why It’s One Law for the Rich in American and McJustice for the Rest – David A. Love – (March 14, 2013)

Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky) – Experts: Public Defender Systems Needs Upgrade – James Mayse – (March 14, 2013)

The News & Reporter (South Carolina) – 50th anniversary of right to a fair trial – Michael Lifsey – (March 14, 2013)

New York Times  Needed in New York: Better Legal Defense for the Poor  Donna Lieberman – (March 14, 2013)

The Atlantic – How Americans Lost the Right to Counsel, 50 Years after ‘Gideon’ – Andrew Cohen – (March 13, 2013)

The Atlantic – So You Want To Learn More about Gideon? – Andrew Cohen – (March 13, 2013)

USA Today – ‘Gideon’ Promise Goes Unfulfilled – Arjun Sethi – (March 13, 2013)

McClatchy – Half a Century after Landmark Ruling, We Need to Ensure Counsel for All – Brian Gilmore – (March 13, 2013)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) – Commemorating the Right to Counsel – Daniel Kelly – (March 13, 2013)

The Hartford Guardian (Connecticut) – The People’s Court – Why Community Organizing Is the Way to Realize Gideon’s Promise – Raj Jayadev – (March 13, 2013)

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota) – A Retreat from the Adversarial Spirit of ‘Gideon’ – Stephen Cribari – (March 13, 2013)

USA Today – You Have the Right to Counsel. Or Do You? – Rick Hampson – (March 12, 2013)

Los Angeles Times – A Chief Justice’s Lament in a Legal History Lesson – Maura Dolan – (March 12, 2013)

Huffington Post – Is the Right to Counsel for Criminal Defendants a Myth? – Judge H. Lee Sarokin – (March 11, 2013)

New York Times – The Right to Counsel: Badly Battered at 50 – Editorial – (March 10, 2013)

Kansas City Star 50 Years Later, Gideon Case Still Echoes – Tony Rizzo – (March 7, 2013)

The Vindicator (Texas) – Gideon v. Wainwright 50th Anniversary Is March 18 – Buck Files – (March 7, 2013)

Downtown Magazine (Michigan) – The Public Defenders – Hayley Beitman – (March 6, 2013)