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Missed deadline will delay major public defender reforms

Missed deadline will delay major public defender reforms

Advisors to Maine’s public defense system were expected to finalize a package of reforms on Tuesday to share with state lawmakers next month but instead learned that they had missed a deadline to submit rule changes by more than five weeks, delaying major changes...
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...
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...