Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Shortage of Lawyers Held to Be Violation of Rights

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held today that a shortage of attorneys for incarcerated indigent defendants, resulting from chronic state budget limitations, violated their right to counsel under Article XII of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. Lavallee v. Justices in the Hampden Superior Court, SJC-09268 (July 28, 2004).

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