Jamie Weis had state-appointed lawyers defending him from capital murder charges for more than a year. When Georgia ran out of money to pay them, the trial judge removed them and appointed public defenders. Weis, in county jail now for four years, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to delve into what he claims is a breakdown of Georgia's public defender system. His petition for review comes at a time when an increasing number of legal challenges are being made to underfunded and overburdened state indigent defense systems.
Ga. Murder Case Shines Spotlight on Nation's Indigent Defense Systems
The National Law Journal
May 24, 2010