Wait list grows as NOLA public defenders refuse cases

Aired: 5/1/2016 | 0:10:20 | Clip
The right to counsel is a constitutional guarantee. Yet government spending on public defenders has fallen, leading 43 states to require indigent clients pay part of their legal fees. In Louisiana, budget cuts have created a backlog in the court system as public defenders have started to refuse cases. NewsHour special correspondent John Larson reports from New Orleans.