Trevor Paulhus for The Texas Tribune and Texas Monthly

How judicial conflicts of interest are denying poor Texans their right to an effective lawyer

by Neena Satija, Texas Tribune and Texas Monthly

For decades, Texans who can’t afford a lawyer have gotten caught in a criminal justice system that’s crippled by inadequate funding and overloaded attorneys. A growing body of caseload data — and a recent lawsuit — point to an even more fundamental hazard: the unchecked power of Texas judges.

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