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Group urges reforms in Ohio in financing criminal defense of the poor

Published: Sun, February 26, 2012 @ 11:30 a.m.

Group urges reforms in Ohio in financing criminal defense of the poor


An Ohio working group considering changes in how defense lawyers are provided for the poor has drafted a proposal that would shift the financial responsibility from counties to the state.

State Public Defender Tim Young tells The Columbus Dispatch counties still could decide exactly how they provide such lawyers. The options include using a county public defender’s office or court-appointed lawyers.

The plan has not yet been given to the Legislature.

Under a decades-old system, counties arrange and pay for lawyers for indigent defendants and are partially reimbursed by the state. Counties were reimbursed at a rate of about 35 percent last year.

The working group’s proposal would put the financial burden on the state and have the public defender’s office oversee the system.


1MFC997(258 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

So somebody's taxes in central Ohio go towards the defense of a gang banger in Cleveland ?? ... don't think so ... all politics is local ... good luck getting that one by the General Assembly ...

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2redeye1(5352 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I have a better idea make the defendant pay his own way. If he or she can't afford then they can face the court alone. Watch crime drop when they have to pay for it out of their own pocket

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

And the class acts of Ytown just keeps coming .

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4ytown67(22 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Has anyone ever heard of Gideon vs. Wainwright?

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

NO what is it ???????

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