V.I. Bar pushing for criminal defense reforms
Published: February 19, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - A committee of the V.I. Bar Association is renewing an effort to reform the way indigent criminal defendants in the territory receive legal representation.
"Right now, as you're probably aware, any attorney can be shanghaied into defending a murder case whether he knows what the hell he's doing or not," said St. Croix attorney Edward Barry, who is chairman of the Bar Association's Ad Hoc Committee on Indigent Criminal Appointments. "It's absolutely absurd."