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...
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...