In indigent defense case, precedent for strong SJC action

Clean Elections case offers a road map for court order that generates funding

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, in Lavallee v. Justices in the Hampden Superior Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressed the shortage of attorneys available to represent indigent criminal defendants in Hampden County, which resulted in persistent denial of the right to counsel under the state and federal constitutions. The cause of the shortage was no mystery:(...)

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