York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda today commended the
Senate and Assembly for including language in their one-house budget proposals
that recognize the State of New York, not county governments, should bear the
cost of providing constitutionally-mandated legal representation of low-income
individuals who are accused of crimes.
Senate and Assembly bills acknowledge the state government’s responsibility for
funding mandated representation of criminal defendants and for overseeing the
quality of that representation,” Miranda said.
urge legislators to work with Governor Andrew Cuomo to craft a budget that
provides indigent criminal defendants across the state with quality
representation,” he said.
deadline for passage of the state budget is March 31.
more information on indigent criminal defense, go to: www.nysba.org/CustomTemplates/SecondaryStandard.aspx?id=62370
74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar
association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
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