Public Defenders

608 ABA Journal Public Defenders articles.

Prosecutor vows to file whistleblower complaint against public defender for bias blog posts
A California district attorney has vowed to file a whistleblower complaint against a public defender who criticized prosecutors’ role in perpetuating racial bias.
Lawyers who donate to judicial campaigns get more indigent defense appointments, study finds
A study of lawyer appointments has found that judges were more likely to appoint lawyers who had contributed to their election campaigns to represent indigent defendants than they were to appoint nondonors.
Contract lawyer described as ‘superb advocate’ is suspended for overbilling state public defender
An Iowa lawyer described as a “superb advocate” has been suspended for overbilling the state public defender for her legal services and car mileage.
Lawyer is accused of recruiting clients into prostitution ring he ran from his home
A 71-year-old criminal defense lawyer in Melbourne, Florida, was arrested Saturday for allegedly using his legal practice to recruit clients into a prostitution ring that he ran out of his home.
Afternoon Briefs: Public defender group bypasses judge; top state court upholds COVID-19 business shutdown

Public defender group bypasses judge who rejected all release bids

The Defender Association of Philadelphia has withdrawn all its petitions for inmate release before Judge Anne Marie Coyle, after she…

Public defender’s office delivers Easter lunches to homeless people amid coronavirus crisis
Homeless people housed in two Woodland, California, motels during the COVID-19 pandemic were treated to hot Easter lunches, thanks to the Yolo County public defender’s office.
Public defenders in this state are told to slash budgets as traffic-ticket funding plummets
Public defenders in Louisiana face uncertainty over the future of their jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts a big source of their funding: traffic tickets.
Deputy public defender alleges judge denigrated his Jewish heritage and pushed him off a boat
A deputy public defender in California has alleged that a judge at a 2019 Memorial Day outing called him a “Jew boy” and pushed him off a boat.
ABA president applauds bill putting public defenders ‘on an equitable playing field with prosecutors’
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez commended on Thursday two federal lawmakers who introduced legislation that would boost support for public defenders with a $250 million grant program.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump bashes Sotomayor and Ginsburg; PDs reach deal in masturbating-inmate suit

Trump says Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg should recuse in his cases

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves…

Grand jury declines to indict defense lawyer for digging up shell casings
A grand jury declined Monday to indict a defense lawyer in Kentucky accused of digging up shell casings linked to a murder case and keeping them in a safe for more than six years.
Could discussing race during criminal trials reduce juror bias?
Empirical studies show that discussion of race during trials and pretrial hearings reduces reliance on stereotypes, according to a paper published in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.
Federal judge refuses to OK consent decree limiting caseloads for Missouri public defenders
A federal judge in Missouri has refused to approve a consent decree that would have limited state public defenders to no more than 173.3 hours worth of cases each month, a standard that is based on a 40-hour workweek.
Afternoon Briefs: Biden likes Obama for Supreme Court; ex-law student among successful GirlsDoPorn plaintiffs

Biden would consider Obama as Supreme Court nominee

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden said Dec. 28 he would appoint former President Barack Obama to the U.S.…

Pro se litigants in pop culture show why representing yourself can be a dangerous decision

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has a weekly mailing list that sends out the court’s published and unpublished cases. They arrive in quick succession every Thursday morning. It’s a…

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