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Wilbur v. City of Mount Vernon

Federal Court Finds Public Defense System Violates Constitutional Rights of Indigent Defendants

Dec 5, 2013
December 5, 2013In a resounding ruling for fairness in the criminal justice system, the U.S. District Court in Seattle has found that the public defense system of Mt. Vernon and Burlington deprives indigent persons who face misdemeanor criminal charges of their fundamental right to assistance of counsel. Read More »
Lady Justice

Court Finds Public Defense Systems Violate Rights of Indigent Defendants

Dec 5, 2013
In an ACLU-WA case, a federal judge has ruled that two Washington cities have systematically violated the rights of poor defendants to have legal representation. The judge also ordered Burlington and Mt. Vernon to hire a part-time public defense supervisor to oversee whether poor defendants are receiving adequate legal counsel. Read More »