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Georgia Criticized on Legal Defense for the Poor

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Georgia Criticized on Legal Defense for the Poor

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Georgia Criticized on Legal Defense for the Poor

Georgia Criticized on Legal Defense for the Poor

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A commission in Georgia says the state has failed to provide legal defense for the poor, violating both the U.S. and state constitution. The 26-member panel calls the system badly organized, with poor people sitting in jail for weeks without seeing a lawyer, even for minor offenses. Emily Kopp of Georgia Public Radio reports.