Category Archives: Counsel

Public defender elected with prosecution and police support and gutted PD office trounced in Florida election

Jacksonville Public Defender Matthew Shirk hired two women who worked at he Whiskey River nightclub as investigators in May, 2013, after finding one of the women on social media and considering her attractive. Shirk fired them less than a month later, along with an investigator who apparently declined an invitation from Shirk to join him in a shower. There have been calls for an investigation of the hirings and firings, whether Shirk and his wife used his state car for personal and campaign use, and whether evidence was destroyed. Continue reading

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Department of Justice Issues Landmark Statement on the Right to Counsel of Children in GA case

The US Department of Justice files a Statement on the rights of children accused of acts of delinquency to a lawyer in a case challenging the token representation and absence of representation in a judicial circuit in Georgia. Continue reading

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Officials show concern about lawyers for themselves in case challenging denial of counsel for poor people accused of crimes

Recent developments in a lawsuit over the right to counsel for poor children and adults accused of crimes in Georgia’s Cordele Judicial Circuit has revealed the importance of representation by a lawyer for some of the public officials sued in … Continue reading

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Robert Holsey executed despite lawyer’s consumption of vodka, concern about pending prosecution and disbarment, and failure to present mitigating evidence

Death sentence of intellectually disabled man upheld even though was represented at his capital trial by a lawyer who drank a quart of vodka every night of trial while preparing to be sued, criminally prosecuted, and disbarred for stealing client funds. He failed to present evidence that his intellectually disabled client was “subjected to abuse so severe, so frequent, and so notorious that his neighbors called his childhood home ‘the Torture Chamber.’” Continue reading

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Over 50 years after Supreme Court declares lawyers must be provided for poor people accused of crimes, the right is violated every day in criminal courts

Gideon v. Wainwright – Fiftieth Anniversary — the right to counsel is being denied every day in thousands of courtrooms across the nation. Stephen B. Bright & Sia Sanneh, Defiance and Resistance After Gideon v. Wainwright; Eric Holder, Andrew Cohen, Sonya Sotomayer and others on the right to a lawyer. Continue reading

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