"Any person haled into court, who is too poor
to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel
is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious
Gideon v. Wainwright
Experts say law enforcement’s use of cellphone records
can be inaccurate
(The Washington Post © 6/27/2014)
The use of cellphone records to
place suspects at or near crime scenes is coming under
attack in courts nationwide, challenging an established
practice by federal and local law enforcement that has
helped lead to thousands of convictions.
Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones
(The New York Times © 6/25/2014)
In a sweeping victory for privacy
rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on
Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need
warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.
End 'debtors' prisons' in Ohio and the nation: editorial
(The Plain Dealer © 6/3/2014)
Low-level offenders shouldn't go to
jail simply because they are too poor to pay the fines
levied against them by judges -- either in Ohio or in
the United States as a whole.
The Office of the
Ohio Public Defender is seeking one experienced attorney to act
as an independent contractor to provide legal representation to
indigent clients upon court appointment in Fayette County, Ohio.
The contract requires the attorney to provide representation to
indigent clients upon court appointment in approximately 25
percent of all cases in Fayette County Court of Common
Pleas-General Division, Washington Court House Municipal Court,
and Fayette County Court of Common Pleas-Juvenile Division.
The annual caseload for this contract is approximately 200
cases. The contract amount has a non-negotiable cap of
$43,608.00, paid in 12 monthly installments.
Interested attorneys should email a cover letter and resume to:
Herman A. Carson, Director, Ohio Public Defender Athens County
Branch Office at the following address:
Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE)
The Ohio Justice & Policy Center
has created a
step-by-step guide to applying for a CQE. If
your criminal convictions are affecting your ability to
get a job, you may want to consider applying for a CQE,
which can erase some barriers to employment.