Public Defenders

Trials & Litigation

Judge has public defender handcuffed, but gives him a break at contempt hearing

Sentencing/Post Conviction

Man will be resentenced over trial judge’s comments in unrelated case

White-Collar Crime

Lawyer is charged in federal drug case; judge appoints public defender

Constitutional Law

Midnight motion wins almost immediate court order allowing public defender to see client

Criminal Procedure

Blistered by judge, ‘ineffective’ lawyer gets murder case against client dismissed

Public Defenders

Man spent 110 days in jail in ‘new’ case for which he’d already served his time

Constitutional Law

Suspect’s right to counsel doesn’t require cop to step out of room, top state court says

Trials & Litigation

Judge imposes $1,300 fine on unpaid court-appointed lawyer for refusing to try case

Opening Statements

Planned documentary will look at the shortcomings of the public defender system


ABA addresses ‘destabilizing loss of public confidence’ in criminal justice in joint statement

Public Defenders

ACLU sues California county and state over public defender caseload


Clemency Project 2014 is out to help prisoners doing excessive time due to inflexible sentencing


About one-third of prosecutor’s new hires are defense lawyers


Assistant PD accuses judge of refusing her request for nursing breaks during trial

Criminal Justice

ACLU suit claims Idaho’s public defender system violates Sixth Amendment

Trials & Litigation

Judge jails woman who refused to testify; prosecutors, 2 other judges help win her release


Mississippi high court orders judge and PD to ‘make nice’

Legal Ethics

$50K fine recommended for judge over scuffle with public defender


Top Massachusetts court refuses to dismiss 40,323 cases linked to rogue state evidence lab chemist

Public Defenders

Public defender asks private lawyers to help represent hundreds arrested in Baltimore