Posted 6 months ago on Nov. 9, 2012, 6:27 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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—The Orleans Parish Public Defenders office, which is looking at a 32 percent cut in its general fund allocation, from $1.2 million in 2012 to $800,000 in 2013. Chief defender Derwyn Bunton claims he will have to lay off 8 (more) attorneys because of the cut. Link
If you read that small paragraph in the above link then you found another link. This one: New report levels blame, praises Orleans Parish public defender's office It provides a quick run down.
I am adding this article as it adds to an earlier thread started by LeoYo :
But, Assistant District Attorney Chris Bowman said Court Watch’s report is flawed because it doesn’t take a holistic approach to examining the system. He added that simply studying continuances does not give an accurate picture of how the court system is working.
“In and of themselves, they are not a sign of inefficiency,” Bowman said.
He acknowledged that trials cause delays but said that without the realistic threat of a trial, the district attorney’s office cannot effectively prosecute cases. Defendants have to believe they may go to trial and face more serious punishment to be motivated to accept plea deals, he said.
The push to hold more trials was designed to convince defendants that threats from the district attorney’s office had teeth, and Bowman said that push has succeeded. He noted that in 2012 more plea deals are being made by defendants, and the court is operating more effectively and efficiently. Link- Group sees rise in continuances Trend could be partially linked to increase in cases brought to trial
This is the link to the organization listed in the above article http://www.courtwatchnola.org/ and you will find the report under the tab "Reports".