Maine’s indigent protection disaster deepens

Advocates for poor felony defendants in Maine say courtroom clerks are appointing ineligible attorneys to deal with instances in an try to fulfill the constitutional requirement that folks accused of crimes get illustration.

The complaints comply with a petition submitted to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court docket on Sept. 20 by two felony protection attorneys — Rob Ruffner of Portland and Rory McNamara of York — on behalf of a girl who sat in jail for months with out being assigned an legal professional regardless of being entitled to 1.

Ruffner and McNamara requested the justices to seek out out whether or not different indigent defendants have been ordered to obtain a lawyer and haven’t, and to listen to proof about whether or not it’s lawful to maintain individuals in jail whereas awaiting an legal professional.