A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

Miriam Enriquez, Esquire, legislative aide to City Councilperson Dennis O’Brien reports:

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Honorable Dennis M. O’Brien

The Mayor decided to neither sign or veto the legislation package. The package of legislation officially became law as of Thursday, March 6, 2014. This means that whatever entity the city enters into a contract with for the defense of the indigent will have to adhere to the audit and reporting requirements set forth in BILL NO. 130852. Furthermore, the Charter Change will appear as a ballot question in the May 20th primary election. The Councilman is pleased that even though the Mayor did not sign it, he found little ground to veto it. The Councilman believes this is an expression of good will by the Mayor and projects positive energy in going forward in protecting the constitutional rights of the indigent.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you, Miriam E. Enriquez, Esq. | Director of Legislation & Policy Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large Dennis M. O’Brien Phone: 215-686-3440 | E-Mail: miriam.enriquez@phila.gov

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