The May 26 issue of Salt Lake City Weekly mentions the efforts of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, which has been researching indigent defense in the state, and quotes Emily Chiang, a visiting assisting professor of law at the College and the Clinic’s director.
The article, “Utah’s Justice Courts exact their pound of flesh,” examines claims that Utah’s misdemeanor courts “process defendants in an assembly-line fashion that many advocates say not only is unfair, but oftentimes cuts corners with defendants’ constitutional rights.”
In the article, Chiang notes that, “When you have people on the margins, my advice is to err on the side of appointing counsel, because of the serious collateral consequences of pushing people on the margins too far.”
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