Silive: Public defenders denied in bid to halt in-person court appearances — for now

“By converting our request for temporary relief into a swift hearing on a more-permanent injunction, the order recognizes that the Criminal Court created an urgent problem when it suddenly decided to haul people in for needless appearances at great risk to the health and well-being of the public,” said Jenn Rolnick Borchetta, managing director of The Bronx Defenders’ Impact Litigation Practice, a plaintiff in the case.

“We’re glad to get before the judge in just a few days, and we’re optimistic that we’ll win an injunction halting the Criminal Courts’ discriminatory policy and requiring any court reopening plan to protect the rights and safety of New York City residents,” she said.”

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