A "totally inappropriate" presentation on March 30 at the North Carolina Legislature touched off the turmoil in North Carolina's indigent-defense system, an official with the state's Indigent Defense Services said.
Angered by the prospect that the Legislature will cut their pay, court-appointed lawyers across the state have removed their names from the appointment lists, an action that could upset the administration of justice for defendants who cannot afford private lawyers.
In addition, two outfits representing each side of the criminal justice system - the Indigent Defense Services and the Conference of District Attorneys - are sparring over the motivation of that March 30 presentation.
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