Court Upholds Bloomberg Plan for Indigent Defense Conflict Counsel-NYLJ


The majority of the 4-3 court said the plan introduced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008 and modified in 2010 satisfies the requirements of County Law §722 for a so-called “combination plan” in which the city assigns to institutional providers the cases of poor defendants where primary legal services providers have a conflict of interest.

Further, Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (See Profile), writing for the majority inMatter of the New York County Lawyers’ Association v. Bloomberg, 155, said city’s ability to do so is not contingent on the approval of local bar associations.

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