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Indigent advocates fear shift

...happen and there will be bipartisan support for that." Michael Shapiro, the director of the state-funded Georgia Indigent Defense Council, has been an advocate for improvements. But he says he's willing to take a back seat while Georgia's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/11/23/met_360149.shtml
Metro
Costs rise for Augusta's indigent defense

The cost of defending the poor will escalate in Augusta courts, beginning today.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/08/13/met_352344.shtml
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
How the law is carried out varies from place to place

ATLANTA - In Georgia, if you can't shell out thousands of dollars for a lawyer, your chances in a courtroom might have as much to do with where you live as with what you did or didn't do.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/06/30/met_347311.shtml
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Age is key in juvenile cases

...transfer to adult court for the boy, said Susan Teaster, the director for the Juvenile Division of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council. "If he were 13 he would automatically go to Superior Court," she said. The state has set aside seven...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/12/30/met_329980.shtml
Metro
Report looks at youth violence

...arrested for one of those offenses and charged as adults, according to the Juvenile Advocacy Division of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council. "Prior to '94, there were not certain crimes that were considered automatic (for Superior Court...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/01/19/met_307520.shtml
Metro
Across the area

...year and $150,000 next year, Augusta commissioners learned Monday. The state Supreme Court amended the Georgia Indigent Defense Council's guidelines to increase the minimum pay rate for the lawyers from $35 to $45 an hour for out-of-court...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/03/30/met_257660.shtml
Metro | Greenbrier High School | Augusta-Richmond County Commission | Hephzibah High School
Defense concerns reviewed

...taxpayers an extra $200,000 if not corrected. At the committee's request, the executive director of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council, Michael Shapiro, traveled from Atlanta to Augusta to explain why he's worried about how the local committee...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/04/28/met_226950.shtml
Metro
Defense in cases studied

...convicted of murder. "We're not shopping for clients," said Michael Shapiro, executive director of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council. "But we need to ensure proper defense in these cases." At Mr. Shapiro's request, Michael Mears...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/04/05/met_225529.shtml
Metro
Indigent leader gets more cases

Amid city officials' concerns that indigent-defense committee members are using their positions to line their pockets, an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle has found that the board's chairman has been appointed to more murder cases this year than any other lawyer - more than twice the average Augusta caseload. The chairman, Sam Cruse, was assigned the cases by an employee of the indigent-defense office who recently received a $20,710 raise from the six-member board.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/09/11/met_214518.shtml
Metro
Indigent leader gets more cases

Amid city officials' concerns that indigent-defense committee members are using their positions to line their pockets, an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle has found that the board's chairman has been appointed to more murder cases this year than any other lawyer - more than twice the average Augusta caseload. The chairman, Sam Cruse, was assigned the cases by an employee of the indigent-defense office who recently received a $20,710 raise from the six-member board.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/09/11/met_214519.shtml
Metro