Express News – Indigent often are left in legal limbo

A day after Diego Morin was arrested in Del Rio and charged with killing his baby stepdaughter, the 22-year-old construction worker requested a court-appointed attorney because he could not afford to hire one.

Morin then sat in Val Verde County Jail more than eight months before a judge appointed him a lawyer.

His wait violated the state’s Fair Defense Act, a law passed nearly a decade ago when Gov. Rick Perry vowed to correct widespread inequities in how poor criminal defendants are represented in Texas.

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