The topic of the next City Club of Boise meeting is "Addressing Deficiencies in Idaho's Public Defender System" with Sara Thomas, director of the State Appellate Public Defender's Office and Dawn Porter, director and producer of "Gideon's Army."
The meeting is from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Friday, March 29 at the Grove Hotel. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 27. Register online by credit card at cityclubofboise.org or mail your check or money order to City Club of Boise, Post Office Box 6521, Boise, ID 83707 by noon two business days in advance of the forum. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are supposed to protect the basic freedoms for all Americans. This right is heightened when someone is accused of a crime. March 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires state courts to provide free public defenders in criminal cases to assist defendants who can't afford an attorney. Several years ago, Idaho's Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) evaluated trial-level public defender services and concluded that state and district courts sometimes fail to provide the level of representation required by the U.S. Constitution. Advocates argue that without a more robust system of public defense, innocent people are wrongly convicted, incarcerated and even sentenced to death. We'll hear more about those concerns, the challenges facing Idaho's public defender system and potential solutions in this City Club forum on the rights of defendants in our judicial system. "Gideon's Army," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, details the stories of people caught in an often-crumbling public defense system.
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