Tuesday, July 14, 2020
From the Queens Daily Eagle, via the NACDL's news-of-interest:
The public defender groups previously assailed the resumption of in-person proceedings in a July 8 letter to Marks. In both letters, they say the decision came as a surprise after they received contradictory information from OCA earlier this month.
They write that in-person criminal proceedings amid the COVID-19 pandemic would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by forcing defendants and public defenders to come to court, even if they have disabilities or preexisting medical conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the illness.