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Long-Sought Indigent Defense Bill Goes to Governor’s Desk (New York Law Journal)

New York Law Journal, December 21, 2016

A decades-long movement to the make the state responsible for the cost of providing counsel to indigent criminal defendants has reached a critical point with the transmission to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a bill providing for a state takeover of all defense costs….Supporters include the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the state Conservative Party, the American Bar Association, the state Catholic Conference, the state Association of Counties, the NAACP, the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project.

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