Interesting Editorial on Criminal Defense by Judge Dan Winn

Hat tip to Dan, who passed along the following must-read editorial from the Rome News-Tribune on funding criminal defense.

I found this editorial in today’s paper and thought you would like to read it. I do not know anything about the judge but it sounds like an interesting proposal and a fair assessment of the anti-capital lawyers.  — Dan

Judge Winn has many interesting things to say about the problems with our current system of criminal, and especially, capital defense.  I would add that in other Western court systems, the responsibilities for criminal defense are more frequently spread out among lawyers, as they used to be here.  Unfortunately, in some of those countries, they’re moving closer to a system like ours, with its abuses, excess, and “cult of the defense bar.”


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