The Crime Report: Nine ways states can bolster their public defender services.
The authors ask: “Does the way attorneys are compensated create perverse incentives?” In places without public defender offices, courts appoint counsel on a case-by-case basis, compensating them at very low hourly rates. Alternatively, courts may hire private attorneys to represent an unlimited number of clients for a set fee.
Both models incentivize attorneys to do “as little work as possible,” since a set fee determines their profit.
ABC News: Canadian trucker now free, says he had no idea there was all that cannabis in his truck.
The New York Times: Conservative group, seeing big issue in crime, seeks recall of prosecutors.
The initial focus is three prosecutors who were elected in the affluent Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington in 2019 amid a national wave of pledges by Democrats to make law enforcement fairer and more humane.
The group, Virginians for Safe Communities, said the targets of the recall effort were Buta Biberaj of Loudoun County, Parisa Dehghani-Tafti of Arlington County and Steve Descano of Fairfax County, all of whom hold the position of commonwealth’s attorney.
The campaign faces uncertain prospects, starting with clearing signature-gathering requirements and legal hurdles.
But the organizers described it as part of a broader national push to harness voters’ concerns about rising crime rates in cities and a backlash to anti-police sentiment.
Politico: President Biden hires lawyer to help undo Trump immigration policies.
The New York Times: Biden administration to keep using Trump public health rule to turn away immigrants.
The decision, confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, amounted to a shift by the administration, which had been working on plans to begin lifting the rule this summer, more than a year after it was imposed by the Trump administration. The C.D.C. said allowing noncitizens to come over the border from either Mexico or Canada “creates a serious danger” of further spread of the coronavirus.
President Biden has come under intense pressure for months from some Democrats and supporters of more liberal immigration policies to lift the rule, which critics say has been employed less to protect public health than as a politically defensible way to limit immigration.
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