January 3, 2012
In response to a New York Times article about the chaos of criminal court, Professor Steve Zeidman’s letter to the editor asserts that it’s the current arraignment process, which “deliberately sacrifices thoughtful, informed decision-making for quick and dirty case processing,” that is one of the causes of courtroom chaos.
Prof. Zeidman, director of CUNY Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic, has spent the last 25 years working in the area of criminal defense. Prior to joining the CUNY faculty in 2002, he was Executive Director of the Fund for Modern Courts, a nonpartisan court reform organization. He advocates on behalf of indigent defendants in many venues, including as a member of the Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee.