Media Coverage of the Initiative & Publications by the Director
Professor Boruchowitz wrote an op-ed in the Seattle Times July 19, 2012, discussing the importance of the Washington Supreme Court's new rule requiring public defenders to certify that they meet standards, including caseload limits and experience requirements.
Prof. Boruchowitz was quoted in an Associated Press story on excessive caseloads and the impact of the new Washington Supreme Court rule on standards. "Limit on public-defenders' caseloads puts strain on cities." June 25, 2012.
Professor Boruchowitz was quoted in an article in the Cincinnati weekly City Beat, "Trampling Over the Sixth Amendment", November 9, 2011, about the low rate of appointments in Northern Kentucky courts. He was a guest on King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg's cable television show, "Prosecutor's Post," which is on Cable Channel 22.
Professor Boruchowitz was quoted on the issue of excessive defender caseloads in the Yakima Herald October 29, 2011: "Supreme Court rule would limit public defender caseloads, require more staff for city." He also was quoted in a Seattle Times story, "Skagit County suit claims public defenders too busy to defend", June 20, 2011, about excessive caseloads.
The National Public Radio station in Seattle, KUOW, quoted Professor Boruchowitz in a feature story on the problem of thousands of people being prosecuted for driving with a suspended license. "Nearly 300,000 Wash. Drivers Suspended For Failure To Pay Tickets, July 22, 2011." The story was picked up by the Associated Press and ran in a number of papers in Washington State.
Professor Boruchowitz was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News on December 29, 2009 article, "Santa Clara County Defendants Face Misdemeanor Hobson's Choice: Plead guilty or wait longer in jail."
In December, 2010, the American Constitution Society published an article by Professor Boruchowitz, Diverting and Reclassifying Misdemeanors Could Save $1 Billion per Year: Reducing the Need For and Cost of Appointed Counsel (American Constitution Society, 2010). This electronically published article is available nationally and received coverage in Mother Jones. It also was cited in a letter to the Boston Globe. "EYE ON INDIGENT DEFENSE" by James Doyle, The Boston Globe February 10, 2011. It has been cited in four law review articles.
On June 5, 2010, Professor Boruchowitz' article "Citizen's Voice: Public defenders underfunded in Tennessee" was published in knoxnews.com.
On October 27, 2010, the Tacoma News Tribune published an op-ed by Robert Boruchowitz and Neil Fox entitled, "HJR 4220 goes too far in response to tragic Lakewood police murders," criticizing proposed Washington constitutional amendment on bail as going too far.
Professor Boruchowitz contributed an article in the King County Bar Association March 2011 Bar Bulletin entitled, Defenders Spread Thin by Budget Crunch. He wrote "The Defender Association Celebrates 40 Years," King County Bar Bulletin, September, 2009. He wrote "At 45, Gideon Right to Counsel Remains Elusive", March 2008, King County Bar Bulletin.
Professor Boruchowitz was Lead researcher and co-author of "Minor Crimes, Massive Waste: The Terrible Toll of America's Broken Misdemeanor Courts" (2009). The report received widespread media attention and was discussed in a Congressional hearing.
It was cited in an amicus brief in the Georgia Supreme Court.
He wrote "Enough is Enough! Defenders Act on Excessive Caseloads", 29 NLADA Cornerstone, Jan-Apr 2008, at 12,