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Public Defenders

631 ABA Journal Public Defenders articles.

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…

Terrorist Informants’ Role Questioned

Defense lawyers and friends of some accused terrorists are focusing on informants, saying they exploited and entrapped defendants for money.

Those kinds of accusations have taken a toll on the…

Military Lawyer’s Career Hurt due to Gitmo Work

A Marine Corps lawyer who represented Australian David Hicks in a Guantanamo Bay case that resulted in a favorable plea deal has apparently suffered career repercussions as a result –…

Psychologist Settles BTK Tape Suit

A psychologist hired to interview the BTK killer has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle charges he profited from a videotape of Dennis Rader’s comments.

After the tape ended up…

New Lawyer for Alleged D.C. Madam

A federal judge has appointed a new attorney to represent alleged D.C. madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

He is Preston Burton of the Orrick law firm, the same lawyer who once…

Low-Paid Fla. Prosecutors, Defenders Are Quitting

Prosecutors and public defenders in Florida are leaving their low-paying jobs at alarming rates, according to the offices that employ them.

The Miami Herald cites statistics from…

Almost 100 Lacking Counsel to be Released?

With at least 82 indigent defendants in New Orleans totally unrepresented by counsel, Judge Arthur Hunter may make good on his threat to let them out of jail if public…

Judge Slams Defense Tab

A Florida judge is criticizing a $46,000 tab for the defense of an accused murderer as one of the worst examples of overpayment that she’s ever seen.

Defendant Luis Martinez…

A Privilege to Serve

Battle over legal aid funds spills over to attorney client confidentiality

Keep Up The Good Work

Ethics Rules on Competent Representation Make No Exception for Public Defenders

Catch a Rising Star

Put Some Mentors in Your Pocket, and Save Them for a Rainmaker Day