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A reminder to avoid a remand?

A reminder to avoid a remand?

More than 9,000 people are jailed in Maine every year for one simple reason: They didn’t show up for a court date. And while some of them are ducking their responsibility to appear before a judge, many others simply forget, are confused about the process, are sick or...
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...
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...