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Public Defenders

627 ABA Journal Public Defenders articles.

Law Firm to Clients: Feds Tapped Our Phones

Lawyers at a Vermont firm that represents clients being held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and in Afghanistan believe the federal government may be wiretapping their law…

Boy, 10, Freed in Fatal Arson; ‘A Victim’

A 10-year-old boy who is accused of having set an Ohio fire that killed five people, including his mother, has been ordered released to his maternal grandmother’s custody.

The boy’s…

ABA Prez Seeks Ohio Death Penalty Halt

After a 30-month study, a group of legal experts associated with the American Bar Association called today for a temporary moratorium on enforcement of the death penalty in Ohio until…

Fee Cap Crippling Defense, Lawyer Says

Lawyers for alleged Atlanta courthouse gunman Brian Nichols told a judge that disputes over their state-paid legal fees are crippling the defense team.

Lead defense lawyer Henderson Hill said the…

Starting at $40K, FL Jobs a Stepping-Stone

Young attorneys working as assistant prosecutors and public defenders in South Florida make only about $40,000 annually when they first start work. So, within five years, most have moved on…

Dogged Argument Lands PD in Jail

A Washington, D.C., lawyer with the public defender’s office ended up in a holding cell last week after a heated argument with a judge.

Judge John Bayly Jr. said he…

Counsel Waiver Before En Banc Court

A federal appeals court has granted en banc review in the case of a man who fired his lawyer and represented himself at trial, resulting in a conviction for making…

Judge Fines PD: 1 Day OK for Trial Prep

Saying that a 20-minute talk with one’s client and interviewing witnesses during one’s lunch hour is sufficient preparation to allow a lawyer to try a case, an Ohio judge reportedly…

Contempt Trial for Arrested PD

CORRECTED: There’s no word yet about the result of a contempt trial scheduled today in the case of an Ohio assistant public defender briefly jailed last week after he refused…

Judge Appoints PD, Has Him Arrested

Updated: Criminal law blogs are abuzz over the contempt case of Brian Jones, an assistant public defender in Portage County, Ohio.

Seems that Jones was appointed Wednesday by Portage County…

Rebuilding Project

Hurricane Katrina washed out Louisiana’s justice system. Now it may be on the verge of moving into the 21st century.

Study: PDs Save $$, Do Better for Clients

Court-appointed criminal defense lawyers cost taxpayers more and achieve less for their clients than salaried public defenders working for the government.

That’s the surprising result of a recent study by…

New Orleans Judge Tackles Defense Ills

A New Orleans judge is shining a light on the city’s troubled public defender system.

Judge Arthur Hunter Jr. has held hearings into problems plaguing indigent defendants as the justice…

‘Defending the Damned’ Isn’t Pretty

A new book on the work being done by public defenders in and around Chicago doesn’t sugarcoat the aggressively adversarial nature of their practice.

But “Defending the Damned” does provide…

PD on the Defense for ‘Sham’ Marriage

A former chief public defender in St. Louis was indicted today on charges he arranged a “sham marriage” so that his boyfriend could stay in the United States.

Prosecutors announced…

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