Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 20, 1974 · Page 12
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 12

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 20, 1974
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Northwttt Arkansas TlMiS, Thurt., June 20, T974 FAVrTTIVILLL, AKKAMSA* . For legal Defense Of Arkansas Irdigents ABA To Propose A Public Defender Program By DEBRA HALE f ---Associate!] Press Writer }; Most of those involved with 'Arkansas' five public defender programs believe the experiment is worthwhile, but Hie concept may go down the d r a i n ft the slate legislature does not fund the programs in 1975. ·;' To set the stage for legisla- .jive consideration of the idea of providing public defenders for indigents accused of crimes, a committee of the Arkansas Bar Association is studying propos- jtlsi for submission to the 1975 General Assembly, i.-David Blair of Bafesville, chairman of the bar's Jurisprudence and Law Reform Com fnittee. said the proposals in- [clude expanding the programs ·into every county with state or 'county funding. The committee ·\vill hold a hearing on the pro- 'f Arkansans' experimental proposals July 20. g r a m s are headquartered ir i.Utlle Rock. Fort Smith. Fa 'Vcttevillc, Blylheville and Har Hson, Most of the money to pa for them comes from the feder ·ill Law Enforcement Assistance 'Administration. But fedcra f u n d i n g expires in 1975 and the ,late or the counties may have o pick up Ihe bill if the pro;rams are to continue. The public defender . pro- rams were launched in Ark a n s a s after Ihc U.S. Supreme Court ruled lhat the courts nust provide an accused person with a lawyer if he cannot afford (o hire one. AN ALTRRMATIVK In areas without public defenders, the courts follow 'he indent practice of appointing private lawyers. Public defender Don Langston of Fort Smith, w r i t i n g in the April issue of 'The A r k a n s a s Lawyer," said :his system sometimes resulted In appoinlment of the [cast experienced attorneys from the local bar. "If the case appeared to be serious and complex, the court would assign an experienced attorney as counsel and an inexperienced nltorney to assist him," Langston wrote. "In some districts, the d e f e n d a n t will receive effective assistance of counsel anil in others not so effective," The pilot programs seem to have met favorable response from prosecutors and judges. Prosecutor Mahlon Gibson ol ^ayeUevillc fays the program n his district has speeded up ,he judicial process considerably. "Prior to having the public defender, the various members of the bar just took these cases on. a rotating basis." Gibson said. " N a t u r a l l y you would come up with some attorneys who were not really involved :n Lhe practice of criminal law. It look them more time for research." Prosecutor Charles K a r r of Fort Smith also praised '.he program, saying. "1 think it's been successful - particularly since the court has held that indigents charged with serious misdemeanors are entitled to counsel." FEWER REVERSALS Deputy Prosecutor Tom Tanner of Pulaski County said the system allows for fewer reversals of convictions. "You havo a group of attorneys, who arc right there and are ready to furnish counsel to indigent defendants at the ver i n s t a n t when it is requested.' Tanner said. "And you h a v e people who are trained in c r i m n a l defense work. You don't lave nearly as many cases for an indigent defendant to claim ' e was improperly defended." Circuit Judge Joe Villines of larrispn serves on the state Commission on Crime and I*aw Enforcement, which adminis- .ers LEAA funds, and probably cnows as much about the sys- em as any judge in Arkansas. He said a public defender's daily experience with criminal aw equips him to represent his clients adeptly. Circuit Judge Paul Wolfe of Fort Smith called the program "a great success." "It makes me wonder ho'.v we ever got along without it." Wolfe said. "I think it would be tragedy to see this program brought to a halt. We'd be go n criminal law than private nt- torneys because of their constant experience. Police Chief Gale Weeks of Little Rock is not so enthusiastic about the program. "I was one that thought the (suspected) criminal was represented' properly under the previous system." he said. "I feel like an attorney would do his utmost, even though he ?ot only In Pulaski and Perry coun people who really don't deserve it?" In Pulaski arid Perry counties, says public defender Harold Hall of Little Rock, the potential client must sign an ai- fadivit of indigency before his case is assigned to Hall's of' fice. The affadavit asks for a list of the person's recent resi ing back to the past where Incidences, the number of his dc judge has a list .of all the law- pendants, names of his recent yers in town and he takes them in rotation. You'd end up with some lawyers who have no knowledge of c r i m i n a l law, bui they've got to do it. We can'i ask a certain few lawyers to take all the responsibility." 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Model KE805, 5,000 BTU . 209.95 I7J.S5 149.JS Model FE604 CARRY COOL 4,000 BTU, plugs into any adequately wired 115 volt grounded circuit, subject to local codes. Portable enough to have a handle. Only 43 pounds. LexanS case. Model TE304 Model TE104 119.95 tt.K Appliances--DILLARD'S--Second Floor Open Monday Through Saturday 10 a.m. Until 9 p.m. employers, his average weekly income, the amount of cash he has in hand and in banks and a description of property lie owns. Iangston said he did not be* ieve abuse of the program was widespread. "I've always felt a person would hire a lawyer it he could." Langston said. "I would say that we usually take word for it. If he's in jail, we know that lie doesn't have the money, or he'd be out. But the fact that he's on bond doesn' disqualify him." Public defend er Charles Banks of Blytheville said both he and the prosecutor investigate the financial back grounds of [lolential indigents. "We (to this to preven abuses of the program," he said. "If we didn't, we'd have everyone w a l k i n g in here, say ing. 'I'm poor. I want you House Votes To Extend Food Stamps WASHINGTON (AP) -- The louse has approved extending until July 1. 1975, food stamp benefits [or needy, aged, blind and disabled persons covered by the new Supplemental Security Income program. The bill, passed Tuesday by a voice vote and sent to the Senale, continued a temporary measure due to expire June 30 t included an amendment to close a loophole affecting SSI recipients in New York, Califor nia, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Nevada. represent me. 1 " P u b l i c defender John Line berger of Fayetteville said h thought most" potential clients were basically honest abou their financial condition. Potential c l i e n t s i n Line berger's district are qucstionei by the judge about finances. Public defender Buford Curt ncr of Harrison has his polcn tial clients complete a fori similar to the one in Pulask and Perrv counties. 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