- Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Civil Liberties Union says the trial in its lawsuit seeking better criminal defense for the state’s poor has been pushed back to Wednesday.

The trial in the seven-year-old suit, scheduled earlier this month in Albany, has been postponed twice previously as settlement talks continued between the NYCLU and the Cuomo administration.

The lawsuit argues that New York systemically provides inadequate staff and money for constitutionally required defense lawyers in the counties outside New York City.

The suit first filed in 2007 seeks defense attorneys at all arraignments, smaller caseloads and better funding with the state taking over the county-based system.

It’s been projected to cost more than $100 million to bring the county defender caseloads down to the recommended national standard of 400 maximum.


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