Utah – ACLU report says public defender system in rural Utah counties failing

BY MELINDA ROGERS, The Salt Lake Tribune, August 24, 2011 Utah’s public defender system is failing to protect citizens’ constitutional rights as Utah remains one of only two states that do not provide state funds or oversight for public defense services, a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah claims. The report released Wednesday, titled “Failing Gideon: Utah’s Flawed County-by-County Public Defender System,” addresses the state as a whole, but focuses specifically on nine Utah counties: Box Elder, Daggett, Duchesne, Iron, Kane, San Juan, Sevier, Uintah and Weber. Full story at: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52449222-78/public-utah-defense-aclu.html.csp ]

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Utah – ACLU report says public defender system in rural Utah counties failing