NDLI – The Policies of Prosecutor and Judges close doors of Val Verde County Public Defender

On October 10, 2010, the San Antonio News ran a feature article on the closing of Texas’ first regional public defender office.  The office served Val Verde, Kinney, Terrell, and Edwards counties, and had opened in 2006 as a division of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aide, Inc. (TRLA).

TRLA adhered to the ABA Ten Principles’ demand for early screening of defendants and early involvement of attorneys.  This had an immediate impact, as the region’s “dismissal rates shttps://trla.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpteadily rose, mirrored by significant drops in jail population.”  This was reportedly too much for the district attorney.   In January of 2009, the prosecutor stopped making files accessible to TRLA — though not to other criminal defense lawyers who were not as vigilant about following the ABA Ten Principles.

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