Two-year budget leaves public defense reform underfunded

Two-year budget leaves public defense reform underfunded

A budget that will guide the next two years of spending in Maine passed the Legislature late last month without expanded funding for legal services for low-income Mainers. The decision opens the door further to litigation if lawmakers cannot resolve a decade of...
Maine public defense under scrutiny: Five things to know

Maine public defense under scrutiny: Five things to know

The specter of fraud has shaded Maine’s public defense system for the past three years while lawmakers and a hired consultant investigated the state agency that oversees court-appointed lawyers for Maine’s poor. The largest probe yet is now underway into the financial...