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ACLU appeals dismissal of public defense lawsuit

The ACLU of Idaho has filed a notice of appeal in its lawsuit charging that Idaho’s public defense system is constitutionally deficient, after a judge last Friday dismissed the case. “Today we took swift action to defend Idahoans’ constitutional rights,” said Idaho ACLU Executive Director Leo Morales, in a statement. “We filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of our public defense lawsuit, and we will continue to vigorously pursue this case.  Our courts clearly have an obligation to enforce the constitution – especially in this case, because it is in our courts where, day after day, Idahoans continue to be criminally prosecuted without a constitutional justice system in place.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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