The Commonwealth might be taking a small but important step towards truly adequate indigent defense services for poor suspects with the return of Senator Rosalyn R. Dance’s indigent defense study bill (this year called SJ255);
For those new to the blog:
That was last year. This year is different! Senator Dance has introduced the statewide appellate defender’s office study bill this year.
I urge all my readers to contact their delegate and senator and say YES to better indigent defense. It is not everything we want but it is an important start. The solons in Richmond will have valuable information to enable them to know costs and sources of funds (Remember the state judiciary takes in $280,000,000 (about) more than it uses in costs. Hence the money is there to pay for a statewide indigent defense system.)
Why better indigent defense? Here’s the argument from one of last year’s posts:
I’ll try to keep you informed.
PS: I want to encourage my fellow bloggers: Bull Elephant, Bearing Drift, even Blue Virginia and others to take up the cause. Feel free to cite this or other posts from last year.
PPS: Thank you again Senator Dance (and her chief of staff Ed Reed) for your vision and willingness to carry this bill for a non-constituent.
Article written by: Elwood “Sandy” Sanders