Public Defenders

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

Court Security

Assistant PD punched by judge resigns in protest after jurist returns to bench

Legal Ethics

Two public defenders fired over ‘hate speech’ in Facebook comments

Immigration Law

Poor NYC immigrants facing possible deportation will get free public defenders

U.S. Supreme Court

Federal PDs have 40 days to explain inmate’s letter saying he didn’t authorize SCOTUS appeal

Business of Law

Federal court clerk, 2 techs create e-billing system to speed payment to defense lawyers nationwide

Labor & Employment

Fired public defender files whistleblower suit against his former employer

Careers

Want to run for political office? Don’t work as a public defender first

Trials & Litigation

Judge fines man $50 for saggy pants despite lawyer’s claim they revealed gym shorts