Archive for May, 2010

And when the last law was down. . . .

Posted on May 29th, 2010 by admin

Many people don’t care about providing attorneys to indigent defendants until they need one themselves.  Then their tune changes quite dramatically. Recently an attorney on a listserv pointed out a story on the Channel 22 / WWLP website regarding bar advocate attorneys who provide criminal defense for indigent defendants.   The story is at   http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/money/your_money/defenders-draining-public-funds.  […]

Perception of Disability

Posted on May 1st, 2010 by admin

I came across a case in which a prosecutor attempted to use a peremptory challenge against a juror who he perceived as  disabled due to “halting speech” and the prosecutor’s “discomfort” with the way the juror “stared” at him.  According to him, this indicated a lack of “mental acuity” sufficient to deliberate upon evidence received […]