ACLU suing Michigan over PD System

A Michigan coalition, called The Michigan Coalition for Justice is suing over the state of the public defender system.

Vanita Gupta, ACLU Attorney: “It’s the system, it’s absolutely failing defendants at this time.”

The group is calling for changes through a lawsuit. They want the state to provide funding and oversight of trial level public defense services. They are also calling for an overhaul of the public defense system, to ensure everyone has a right to counsel.

Vanita Gupta: “We are asking the court to declare the current system unconstitutional. It’s not meeting standards, and once that declaration is given, the state legislature should step up and figure out solutions.”

The Governor is reviewing the allegations.

Update: PD Stuff has more (as always).

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