Phila. Conflict Counsel Contract Set to Be Awarded

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Lindy said in his written testimony that due to the inadequate funding of the project, "attorneys in the [conflict counsel] firm will start cutting as many corners as possible to meet the bottom line, meaning to make the work worth doing."

That, Lindy had concluded, would negatively affect the quality of representation afforded to indigent defendants.

Chief public defender Ellen T. Greenlee of the Defender Association of Philadelphia had also expressed concerns over the proposed for-profit system.

"The temptation will always exist to move cases along, to seek quick disposition, to save the expense of investigation, mitigation [and] hiring experts," she said in her written testimony.

P.J. D'Annunzio can be contacted at 215-557-2315 or pdannunzio@alm.com. Follow him on Twitter @PJDAnnunzioTLI.

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