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March 26, 2013
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State Court concerned with poor defendants

Poor defendants have trouble accessing a quality legal defense, according to the Nevada Supreme Court. The Boston-based Sixth Amendment Center released its findings to the Nevada Indigent Defense Commission on Friday, which details adult and juvenile criminal defendants in rural counties are underrepresented. Chief Justice Michael Cherry is recommending to the state legislature that indigent criminal defendants have access to lawyers. The report found rural defendants wait weeks or even months before speaking with an attorney. Cherry is calling for a state-funded public defense commission to oversee all right-to-counsel services outside Washoe and Clark counties. “Nevada’s rural counties simply cannot …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Mar 26, 2013 06:22PM Published Mar 28, 2013 01:29AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.