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ACLU Sues Over Public Defender Shortage and Resulting Wait List in New Orleans


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ACLU Sues Over Public Defender Shortage and Resulting Wait List in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday evening against the Orleans Parish public defenders’ office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board over the office’s placement of new clients on a waiting list for representation due to a shortage of public defenders. Like others who have been arrested in Orleans Parish, our plaintiffs Douglas Brown, Leroy Shaw Jr., and Darwin Yarls Jr. are on the list because they can’t afford a private attorney.

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