FRESNO, Calif. - The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and the law firm Paul Hastings LLP filed a lawsuit against Fresno County and the state of California, seeking an overhaul of the county’s deficient public defense system. Because public defenders do not receive the resources necessary to represent their clients, thousands of Fresno County residents are forced to navigate the criminal justice system without the adequate legal representation that is guaranteed by the Constitution.
The one crime in America that is guaranteed to get you years of prison time is…
… the crime of not being able to afford a good lawyer.
Overworked court appointed lawyers try to provide legal representation but the courts shove huge numbers of cases on them so that they cannot provide the representation that they would like to.