There was no similar problem, by the way, with Louisiana prosecutors - they have enough funds for prosecutions, even if such prosecutions result in wrongful convictions and fabrication of evidence.
At the same time, I wrote about the problem with indigent defense in New York where there are caps on appellate indigent representation and a nearly complete bar for indigent defendants to have funds for experts and investigators, and where indigent defendants have to beg the court to allow such funding, with a restriction of $1,000 that makes it impossible to have effective help from experts and investigators at trial in New York - while, again, prosecutors have an unlimited budget for experts and investigators, and do not have to ask the court for funds.
After New York was sued in a class lawsuit for failure to provide constitutionally required counsel for criminal defendants at the arraignment stage, New York recently did two things:
- introduced legislation allowing arraignments in centralized locations, so that "conveyor" arraignment counsel are available for criminal defendants at that stage - which is, of course, only a lip service to satisfying the indigent defendant's constitutional right to counsel, which would have better been fulfilled by a deregulation of the legal profession or a voucher system (suggested recently by a legal scholar) where criminal defendants can choose their own assigned counsel, based on that person's knowledge, and on the defendant's trust in that person, and thus, only good defense attorneys who actually do their work will survive;
- introduced a legislative bill, still in the works, that would require reimbursement by the state to the Counties of the full cost of indigent defense, and thus shift financing of indigent defense from the Counties to the State (where County taxes are levied on people's houses, and where people, in a weak economy, may, and do lose their homes in order to fund County taxes, including indigent defense - which may soon result in revolts).
- approved reinstatement of the death penalty,
- approved a three-strikes law that would send repeat felons to prison for life, and
- approved a bill increasing penalties in deadly cases of child abuse - all of which laws INCREASED THE NEED for indigent criminal defense.