- Complaint (9/23/2004)
- Motion for Class Certification (9/23/2004)
- Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Class Certification (9/23/2004)
The result was that defendants, innocent until proven guilty, spent months and even years in jail before they were ever given their day in court, with no meaningful legal representation to ensure their rights were upheld. The lawsuit was stayed following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Louisiana Legislature passed the Louisiana Public Defense Act funding a statewide system of indigent defense. The lawsuit was revived, however, contending that the state system still does not provide funding sufficient and that denials of the right to counsel persist in Calcasieu Parish.
Defending the Indigent in Southwest Louisiana by Michael M. Kurth, PhD and Daryl V. Burckel, DBA & CPA (July 2003)
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