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Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 3:38am

Lawsuit Aims To Halt Ga. Prosecutions

Updated: 5 years ago.
The complaint says about 300 defendants in northeast Georgia not able to afford their own lawyers are "left to languish in jail."

The deep budget problems of the state’s public defender system will be front-and-center Thursday with a court hearing on a lawsuit.

The complaint says about 300 defendants in northeast Georgia not able to afford their own lawyers are "left to languish in jail" because they are not provided legal counsel.

A judge will decide whether to halt prosecutions for the hundreds of cases until attorneys are provided.

Supporters of the lawsuit say a decision to stop prosecutions would mark the first time such a move was made in Georgia and one of the first decisions of its type in the nation.