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Public Defenders

634 ABA Journal Public Defenders articles.

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The Defender Association of Philadelphia has withdrawn all its petitions for inmate release before Judge Anne Marie Coyle, after she…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

Missouri judge has literally been ordering overworked public defenders to violate ethics rule

Judges across Missouri have turned a blind eye to problems faced by overburdened public defenders by ignoring their pleas for help, forcing assembly-line justice and even requiring violation of ethics rules, critics say.

The Bail Project pays defendants’ bail as part of a plan to end money bail entirely

Modeled after a fund started by public defenders more than a decade ago, the Bail Project not only pays defendants’ bail but connects them to social services and makes sure they show up to court.

Man charged in church shooting is accused of severely beating his public defender

A New Hampshire public defender was in intensive care after an alleged attack by a client during a jailhouse meeting.

Chief public defender is accused of giving comp time to employees for election day campaign work

The chief public defender of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, is facing charges for allegedly giving compensation time to employees for election day campaign work.

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