Public Defenders

Public Defenders

New York will beef up indigent defense in five counties in ‘groundbreaking’ lawsuit settlement

Constitutional Law

Once on death row for murder committed when he was 1,000 miles away, Texas man is free after plea

Death Penalty

Judge threatens to remove capital defense lawyer, cites missed deadlines and overzealous motions

Trials & Litigation

Lawyer fights judge’s order calling her ineffective and removing her from murder case defense

Legal Rebels

Emma Greenwood helps the defense bar integrate tech—and levels the criminal justice playing field

Court Security

Judge who ordered deputy to shock ‘rude’ pro se defendant has been taken off bench

Public Defenders

Pennsylvania chief justice: Federal Community Defender Office overburdens state courts

Court Security

In court after missing anger management courses, man attacks his public defender, authorities say

Criminal Justice

Court-appointed lawyer isn’t at murder defendant’s ‘beck and call,’ judge says

Trials & Litigation

Ethics charges reveal new details in case of judge who punched public defender

U.S. Supreme Court

SCOTUS sends inmate’s claim he didn’t authorize cert petition to ethics board

Legal Ethics

Prosecutor is accused of adding admission of guilt to transcript; he said it was a joke

Public Defenders

Study is evidence of ‘crisis in public defense systems,’ ABA president says

Death Penalty

Execution takes nearly two hours; PD filed emergency motion after first hour

Constitutional Law

Defense lawyers say feds’ refusal to screen inmate-attorney email frustrates right to counsel

Trials & Litigation

Judge nixes $50 contempt fine for saggy pants worn by attendee at court hearing

Constitutional Law

Firing public defender over Facebook comments violated 1st Amendment, his lawyer says

Criminal Justice

Man whose family posted $450K cash bond in homicide case wants public defender

Constitutional Law

Civil rights groups sue feds to get lawyers for juveniles in deportation hearings

Criminal Justice

Make 200-mile trek to courthouse or plead guilty? Some defendants choose the latter