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Wisconsin Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Public Defenders


After repeated warnings from stakeholders in the justice system, including the Supreme Court, Wisconsin has been hit with a federal class-action lawsuit over long delays in appointing lawyers for poor defendants in rural areas, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Six people facing charges in Ashland and Bayfield counties say the state has violated their rights — and the rights of hundreds of others — by failing to adequately fund and administer a program to provide them legal counsel.

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