December 4, 2013

U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington

The U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington has issued a decision in Joseph Jerome Wilbur, et al., v. City of Mount Vernon, et al.  The Court held that the cities named in this action are liable under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for the systemic flaws that deprive indigent criminal defendants of their Sixth Amendment right to the assistance of counsel.  Among other requirements, the cities are ordered to hire a Public Defense Supervisor to oversee, document and report progress on required improvements.

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