Saturday, April 25, 2009

Taking Accused Felons at Their Word

According to an investigative piece in the Dallas Morning News, there is no process in the Dallas County courts for verifying claims by criminal defendants that they are indigent and require a court appointed attorney.

In 2008, 72% of felony defendants in Dallas County received a court appointed attorney. Defense costs in those cases have risen by nearly 30% since 2005.

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