Public Defenders

Constitutional Law

Trial judge got it right by appointing new counsel despite defendant’s objection, top NY court says

Bar Associations

Former NC justice calls for outside review of state bar, says it’s divided into ‘two extreme camps’

National Pulse

Databases create access to police misconduct cases and offer a handy tool for defense lawyers

Legal Ethics

Lawyer held in contempt for email now faces ethics charges

Public Defenders

ACLU lawsuit challenges waiting list for PD representation

Public Defenders

PD’s office says it will begin refusing serious felony cases

Trials & Litigation

Florida lawyer charged with contempt of court for allegedly violating judge’s nondisclosure order

Legal Ethics

Judge who caused ‘national spectacle’ by challenging public defender to fistfight loses his job

Criminal Justice

Defense lawyer is charged with child neglect after toddler son is found alone in courthouse

Trials & Litigation

Judge dresses down public defender for ‘warehouse’ remark

Criminal Law

Release of police info draws suspicion, but it helps some defense attorneys

Legal Ethics

Judge who called state position a ‘lie from the pit of hell’ faces ethics charges

Lawyer Pay

Prosecutors and PDs will share in $18M equal-pay settlement

Criminal Justice

Judge orders murder retrial, cites ‘overwhelmed’ PD who had 88 felony cases

Public Defenders

PD’s office says it can’t accept any more cases; ethics prof sees triage system

Criminal Justice

PD pays $300 to appeal $25 fine for vibrating cellphone

Death Penalty

As execution looms, appellate lawyers fight client’s effort to get new counsel and seek clemency

Criminal Justice

Free courthouse ‘boutique’ helps defendants look their best at trial

Trials & Litigation

Public defender suit says she was terrorized by serial stalker assigned as a client

Evidence

Proposed law would ban federal prosecutors from reading emails between prison inmates and attorneys