No. 82842-3.

258 P.3d 20 (2011)

172 Wn.2d 299

Kevin DOLAN and a class of similarly situated individuals, Respondents, v. KING COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Washington, Petitioner.

Supreme Court of Washington, En Banc.

Decided August 18, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael Reiss , Roger Ashley Leishman , Amy H. Pannoni , Gillian Murphy , Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Seattle, WA, Philip Albert Talmadge , Emmelyn Hart , Talmadge/Fitzpatrick, Tukwila, WA, for Petitioner.

David Frank Stobaugh , Stephen Kolden Strong , Lynn S. Prunhuber , Stephen Kirk Festor , Bendich Stobaugh & Strong, PC, William Robert Hickman , Reed McClure , Seattle, WA, for Respondents.

James Kendrick Pharris , Office of the Attorney General, Olympia, WA, amicus counsel for Office of the Attorney General.


¶ 1 In Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S.Ct. 792, 9 L.Ed.2d 799 (1963), the United States Supreme Court guaranteed to indigents the right of legal representation at public expense. King County, like other local governments in this state, sought ways to provide the required defense services to indigent criminal defendants. After investigating several different models, the county settled on a unique system...

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