Monday, July 2, 2012

Judge orders defender aid - Luzerne County, PA

In April the ACLU filed suit on behalf of the Luzerne County Public Defender which had sharply limited its intake because of inadequate funding of indigent defense in the scandal-plagued Pennsylvania county. GWC
Judge orders defender aid: "WILKES-BARRE – Finding that the Luzerne County Public Defender’s office is “approaching crisis stage,” a county judge on Friday ordered the county to provide adequate funding, but he stopped short of dictating how much money or staff needs to be added. Senior Judge Joseph Augello also ordered Chief Public Defender Al Flora to immediately resume representing all indigent defendants who qualify, ending a policy Flora implemented in December that limited the types of cases the office accepted."

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