Bill would give Ariz. AG indigent defense money
By Taylor Higgins. CREATED May 26, 2013
PHOENIX (AP) - A spending proposal at the Arizona Legislature would let the Attorney General's Office get $500,000 from a state fund for indigent defendants to pay for prosecuting certain death-penalty proceedings.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that defense attorneys believe the move would put more pressure on counties to meet requirements to adequately fund capital defense and could create problems with due process and right to counsel.
The proposal was approved by the Senate, but still would have to clear the House and be signed by the governor.
Under the proposal, the attorney general would get $500,000 in fiscal year 2013-14 to use on capital post-conviction relief proceedings and would have to submit a plan for turning over the extensive and costly proceedings to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
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