A low bar for public defense

A low bar for public defense

Editor’s Note: This article was produced in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. The Maine Monitor is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.  This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault...
In defense of the defendants

In defense of the defendants

Harold Mortimer stood in front of Judge Valerie Stanfill, accused of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time in 2019. He met the lawyer standing beside him that morning and their conversation was brief: plead not guilty and get an attorney.  Randy...
Commission in the crosshairs

Commission in the crosshairs

Defense attorneys, criminal justice advocates and former prisoners packed a marathon 6½-hour public hearing Tuesday at the State House to voice concerns about the effectiveness of the state’s current system to provide legal defense to Maine’s poor. The eight newly...
The high cost of poor defense

The high cost of poor defense

Maine spent more than $21 million to provide free lawyers to its poor in 2018, but the state’s oversight of the spending was so lax that they paid some attorneys as if they worked more than 80 hours a week for the entire year. A three-month investigation by the Maine...