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Yarls v. Bunton

Faced with funding shortfall, Louisiana public defenders put noncapital defendants on months-long waitlists; defendants appear in court without counsel. Defendants sue the defenders: This is unconstitutional in a bunch of ways. Public defenders: Totally. Somebody should fund us. Louisiana Legislature (after several years of litigation): Oh all right, here’s $5 mil; eliminate the waitlists. Defendants: Great, but this problem isn’t going away. Fifth Circuit: “[N]o waitlists = no live case or controversy = no jurisdiction.”


Tags: 2018, Fifth Circuit, Fourteenth Amendment, Jurisdiction, Right to Counsel, Right to Speedy Trial, Sixth Amendment

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