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May 31, 2017

Public defender to be honored by state Bar Association

When Tim Donaher succeeded Edward Nowak as Monroe County public defender in 2007, he took over an organization that had earned a reputation for quality representation despite a lack of resources. Nowak was a tough act to follow, so simply maintaining the status quo, with few changes, would be understandable, Donaher’s colleagues wrote in a […]

Jan 25, 2017

New appeals moot court program started

Attorneys handling criminal appeals for indigent defendants can now get help from experienced lawyers to prepare their arguments with the new Seventh Judicial District Indigent Criminal Appeals Moot Court Program developed by Monroe County Public Defender Tim Donaher. “The goal of the program is to try to take significant Fourth Department or Court of Appeals […]

Jan 10, 2017

Criminal justice reform ideas get mixed response

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest criminal justice reform proposals got mixed reviews from the local legal community. As part of a series of regional State of the State speeches in which he has outlined proposals on several far-ranging issues, Cuomo on Monday called for reforms to the way bail is set, getting cases to trial sooner, […]

Jan 3, 2017

Cuomo veto leaves indigent defense community wondering

The two main players in the local publicly funded defense community are disappointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have shifted the cost of such work from the county to the state. “We think that counties simply aren’t in the position to dedicate the resources necessary to improve indigent defense,” Monroe […]

Mar 14, 2016

Public Defender caseload trending down, funding for 24-hour arraignment coverage uncertain

The most significant news in the Monroe County Public Defender’s 2015 annual report is the implementation of a program to provide around-the-clock representation to indigent clients in all courts. But it’s unclear whether the new New York state budget, due to be approved by April 1, will continue the funding needed to continue what is […]

Feb 22, 2016

Lawmaker wants simpler Miranda warnings for youths

A state lawmaker from Queens wants police in New York to use a new set of simplified Miranda warnings with suspects under 18. The commonly-used Miranda warnings now used by police are written at a 10th-grade reading level, said state Senator Michael Gianaris, the bill’s sponsor. “The new language is basically the same meaning, but […]

Feb 10, 2016

Bills call for NY to take over cost of indigent legal services

A bill in the New York State Legislature that could shift millions of dollars in costs for legal services to the poor from counties to the state is picking up steam. Currently, the state provides about 20 percent of the funding in most counties. If adopted, the state would take over 100 percent of the […]

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