The Southern Center for Human Rights says a settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit involving appeals by indigent Georgia defendants. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in 2009 were calling for the state to make changes to make sure hundreds of defendants have lawyers to represent them in their appeals.
A settlement may be in the works for a class-action lawsuit addressing poor Georgians' access to a public defender. The trial scheduled to start Thursday is cancelled. At issue is whether Georgia meets federal requirements to adequately provide legal counsel for indigent defendants.