Michigan Indigent Defense Law Signed by Snyder

The failure to provide constitutionally guaranteed right to effective counsel to those who cannot afford their own attorney, is a major contributor resulting in wrongful convictions in this country. Michigan has been near the bottom. However, July 1st Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law what is commonly known as the Indigent  Defense Law. It is viewed by many as a sweeping upgrade of Michigan's approach to provide constitutionally guaranteed right to counsel and to insure that it is effective counsel.

Analysis to come, but in the mean time, if you want to download the bill and read it for yourself, see below!  

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Michigan's Law to Videotape* Interrogations

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At the end of this last year, the Michigan legislature passed and the governor signed into law a more up-to-date code governing standard procedure for videotaping interrogations of suspects in custody. As a part of PI's mission, we promote systemic change which decreases the possibility of wrongful convictions. That's what Senate Bill No. 152 was all about. When we speak of videotaping interrogations, what we mean isn’t to be "confused with the canned confessions currently offered at suppression hearings where the defendant, after 19 sleepless hours in the precinct, has already “agreed” to make a statement to the DA. The taped interrogations are supposed to include everything, including all that “small talk” that detectives claim to engage in before your client so mysteriously decides to incriminate himself." (Appellate Squawk) The purpose of this article is to explain what the law accomplishes and to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. 

To read the entire article, click here . . .Michigan's Law to Videotape* Interrogations

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