Public Defenders

550 ABA Journal articles on Public Defenders.

More than 150 deputy public defenders protest appointment of chief they believe is unqualified
Pitting themselves against the government agency that oversees their office, a group more than 150 Los Angeles County public defenders staged a protest Monday against their new interim chief.
Public defender in California resigns after suit challenged his qualifications

The public defender in Humboldt County, California, has resigned after a lawsuit challenged his qualifications for office.

David Marcus resigned Nov. 22 after nine months on the job, report the…

Judge orders inmates with history of masturbation or other sexual misconduct to wear cuffs in court

Detainees in Cook County, Illinois, who have a history of masturbation, indecent exposure or other sexual misconduct will have to wear handcuffs during courthouse visits, a federal judge has ruled.

About 100 public defenders protest outside courthouse after ICE arrest; lawyer tells of ‘chaos’

About 100 public defenders staged a protest Tuesday outside the criminal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, after agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested a defendant who was in court…

Female Chicago-area public defenders file equal-protection suit over masturbating inmates

Six Chicago-area assistant public defenders have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that claims they have been subjected to a hostile work environment as a result of inmates…

ACLU sues Nevada, alleging constitutionally inadequate indigent defense system

The ACLU of Nevada has sued the state, alleging that indigent defense in rural counties is so inadequate—and so poorly overseen by state authorities—that the defense provided is insufficient under…

Pentagon defers contempt sentence of chief defense counsel in Guantanamo defense ‘revolt’

A Pentagon official has deferred the contempt-of-court sentence of Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, the lead defense counsel in the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee that caused a revolt…

Chief defense lawyer for Gitmo military commissions is sentenced for contempt

A Guantanamo judge has imposed a contempt sentence of 21 days’ confinement on the Marine general who is chief defense counsel for the military commissions there.

The judge, Air Force…

Public defenders are fed up with masturbating inmates, chief PD says

Public defenders in Cook County, Illinois, won’t be visiting courtroom lockups in Chicago until the sheriff does something about masturbating inmates.

Public Defender Amy Campanelli issued a memo on Tuesday…

Judge faces ethics probe after lawyer claims denied bathroom break led to courtroom accident

A Georgia judge acknowledges she is facing an ethics investigation over allegations she denied a bathroom break to a public defender who says she tried to catch the judge’s attention…

Public defender with 110 post-conviction cases gets stayed suspension for neglecting clients

The Missouri Supreme Court has imposed a stayed suspension with a one-year license probation period on a public defender who said he provided inadequate client representation partly because of a…

Judge rules out death penalty for mass killer over Orange County prosecutors’ misconduct

The worst mass killer in the history of Orange County, California, will not get the death penalty because of systemic misconduct by the district attorney’s office and sheriff’s department, a…

Attorney appointed to represent driver at Charlottesville rally is plaintiff in suit against city

A lawyer appointed to represent a man facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of a counterprotester during a rally of white nationalists and similar groups on Saturday in…

Suit claims public defender is unqualified
A California lawyer has filed an amended lawsuit alleging the public defender in Humboldt County doesn’t meet the state qualifications to hold office.
Lawyers demonstrate patriotism through helping others and expanding access to justice

As America celebrates its 241st anniversary, we, as lawyers, should reflect on the vital role our profession has played in the building, governance, and preservation of our democracy.

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