SJC rules against district court judge in indigent defense case

Justices agree attorney pay is key, but leave remedy to Legislature 

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT ruled that a Springfield judge overstepped his authority in ordering the overburdened local public defenders’ office to take on more cases than the office said it could handle, but the justices deferred to the Legislature when it came to solving the problem of a chronic shortage of lawyers for poor defendants.(...)

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