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BULLETIN: Development Coming on the Indigent Defense Front and Why Should a Libertarian/Conservative Support a Statewide Indigent Defense System?

There should be a development on the indigent defense front and I’ll announce it when it is time.

In the meantime, why should a tea party guy or gal or a libertarian or a conservative support a statewide indigent defense system?

  • We stand for constitutional rights.  The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel to every criminal defendant and that should not be limited by poverty.  Pro-gun groups for example should support a statewide indigent defense system because the protection of one constitutional rights helps to protect others.
  • The present crazy quilt where we have public defender offices in some counties or cities and not others is unequal justice under law
  • We have the money.  The judicial branch in Virginia brought in $280,000,000 more than it spent in costs according to a letter written by several statewide attorney groups.
  • It can be done:  Other states such as Colorado have a statewide PD system.

So, let your tea party leader or the tea party federation or your favorite GOP delegate or senator.  I have communicated with both Del. Peace and Sen. McDougle.  You can do it.  Feel free to comment after you do it.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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