sent the tapes free of charge to every public defenders' and regional counsels' office.
173) First, the court noted the FACDL
had not cited any case
This seminar is being funded both by FACDL
, and individual sponsors and will be free to attendees.
Nellie King, FACDL
president, said the organization is concerned that constitutional rights are taking a back seat to expediency.
Todd Doss of Lake City and Sonya Rudenstine of Gainesville also were awarded the FACDL
President's Award, for their pro bono representation of FACDL
in its quo warranto action, which sought to have legislation changing the method of delivering representation to indigent Floridians charged with crimes declared unconstitutional.
The committee's action effectively kills the bill, which the FACDL
had set as its top legislative priority for this year's session.
I respect the court's decision and am sure that the membership of FACDL will throw its full support behind the five regional counsel and their clients," Rudenstine said.
We have offered employees of the regional counsels' offices opportunity to join the FACDL at public defender rates.
In the current legislative session, Smith said the FACDL will focus its energies on getting adequate funding for public defenders, who like state attorneys, the courts, and related agencies, face massive budget cuts.
While the FACDL raised concerns that defendants' Sixth Amendment rights could be impacted if the legislature fails to adequately fund the CCCRCs, the court said an attorney's duty to the client is the same whether the attorney works for a public defender, is a court-appointed private counsel, or is employed by one of the conflict counsel.
FACDL argued the plain language of the new law creates "second-tier public defenders" in violation of Art.
Gainesville lawyer Sonya Rudenstine barely got a chance to introduce herself as representing FACDL, when Justice Raoul Cantero jumped in with a barrage of questions: