July 25, 2005

Mass advocacy

Here is a pointer to Professor Giacalone's very thoughtful and very thorough take-down of the protest by Massachusetts court-appointed private attorneys against the injustice of an 81% pay increase over two years.

A New Hampshire public defender comments on the Massachusetts situation here. I want to gather my thoughts further before determining whether I have anything worth adding to the discussion.

Other thoughts, on this situation in particular from Massachusetts, and on appointed counsel in general from Alabama.

Indefensible's David Feige addressed this last year on Slate:

For indigent criminal defendants, low-paying assigned-counsel systems like that in Massachusetts offer the worst of all possible worlds... The Romney administration should consider adopting a public defender system.