Michigan News/Editorials/Press Releases

Links in this section are archival, predating 2006. For more recent materials, see www.michigancampaignforjustice.org/news_coverage.php

Michigan Lawyers Weekly:

"Changes likely for struggling indigent defense system," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, September 25, 2006.

"Press conference focuses attention on criminal defense system," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, October 2, 2006

"Indigent Criminal Services Strained by Underfunding," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, February 28, 2005

Criminal Defense Newsletter:

Attorney Fees and Public Defense System - vol. 25, no. 9, June, 2002

Attorney Fees: Federal and State Activity - vol. 25, no. 8, May, 2002

Michigan: 48th in the Country in Assigned Counsel Fees - vol. 25, no. 3, December, 2001

Lawyers Set to Take Action Against Low Fees - vol. 25, no. 2, November, 2001

Trial Assigned Counsel Fees By Circuit - vol. 24, no. 9, June, 2001

Reimbursement or Contribution: An Indigent's Assumption of Counsel Costs - vol. 24, nos. 6-7, March - April, 2001

From Other States: Alabama Attorney Fees Increase - vol. 22, no. 12, September, 1999

Reno Sets Tone for Collaboration - vol. 22, nos. 7-8, April - May, 1999

Hyde Amendment Applied in Western District Prosecution: Attorney Fees Awarded to Defense Counsel, v. 22, no. 3, December, 1998

Michigan Trial Assigned Counsel Fees, Part 2, vol. 21, no. 12, September, 1998

Michigan Trial Assigned Counsel Fees, Part 1, vol. 21, nos. 10-11, July - August, 1998

Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel Fees August, 1997 - vol. 21, nos. 7-8, April - May, 1997

Low-Bid Criminal Defense Contracting: Justice in Retreat - vol. 21, no. 6, March, 1998

Attorney Fees: A Very Interesting Discussion - vol. 20, no. 5, February, 1997

Attorney Fees Inadequate in Maryland - vol. 20, no. 5, December, 1996

Attorney Fees: New York Judge Awards Overhead to Avoid Low Fee Schedule - vol. 20, no. 2, November, 1996

New Wayne Fee Schedule Both Graduated and Event-Based - vol. 17, no. 3, December, 1993

Court Denies Relief in Remaining Fee Cases - vol. 17, no. 1, October, 1993

Fee Decisions Released: Questions Remain - vol. 16, no. 11, August, 1993

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Fee Cases - vol. 15, no. 10, July 1992

Costs: The Plot Thickens, vol. 15, no. 1, October, 1991

Assigned Counsel Fee Cases Pending in the Michigan Supreme Court - vol. 14, no. 8, June, 1991

Hearings Continue in Attorney Fee Case, vol. 13, no. 5, February, 1990

Wayne Fee Case Gets Master - vol. 13, no. 3, December, 1989

Attorney Fees Rise in Muskegon - vol. 13, no. 3, December, 1989

Detroit News

Lawyers Sue Court for Raise, Detroit News, November 12, 2002

Detroit Free Press

"Low Pay Buys Only Injustice for Poor Defendants," editorial, Detroit Free Press, November 12, 2002

"Serious on Lloyd Case, lack of Resources for Indigent Criminal Defense," letter to editor from CDAM President, F. Martin Tieber.

News Releases

Jill Price, CDAM President open letter to Defense Bar, September 7, 2006.

NACDL News Release, Indigent Defense in Crisis - Nationally and in Michigan, August 29, 2005.

Michigan's Patricia Maceroni resigns from appellate assigned counsel roster in Macomb County, citing "appalling" hourly rate of $25, July 20, 2006.

NACDL Urges Louisiana and Michigan to Review Montana's Example and Pass Indigent Defense Reform, June 8, 2005.

Lawsuit Asks Michigan Supreme Court to Take Superintending Control of Wayne County Circuit Court, Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, November 11, 2002.

20-Year Compensation Impasse Nearing an End for Wayne County Defense Attorneys, Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, May 28, 2002.

Michigan Bar Journal

"Supreme Court Improves State's Indigent Defense System," by Dawn Childress and Anne Boomer, September, 2006.

"Indigent Criminal Defense Systems in the State of Michigan-A Time for Evaluation and Action, by Thomas W. Cranmer, February, 2006.

"What if you couldn't afford Perry Mason?," Nancy Diehl, November, 2004.

"It's a Crime: Michigan's system of compensation for criminal defense of the indigent is inadequate," Bruce Neckers, January, 2002.

Balancing the Scales of Justice: Training and Support Services for Appointed Criminal Defense Lawyers, F. Randall Karfonta, February, 1992.

Criminal Defense Services for Indigents: A Prosecution View, James L. Shonkwiler, February, 1992.

Other Media

Rich and poor deserve justice, Livingston Daily, October 5, 2006.

Public defenders face budget ax, Livingston Daily, September 21, 2006.

State not ensuring right of accused to effective counsel, Flint Journal (Opinion), March 19, 2007.

State public defenders finding poor, panel warns, Ann Arbor News, September 18, 2006.

Innocence Project co-founder addresses State Bar meeting, Detroit Legal News, September 29, 2006.