Despite Common Belief, Floridians Can't Always Get a Free Public Defender
With no remaining options, Lazaro Rodriguez could only beg Miami-Dade County Judge Andrew Hague for mercy. But his pleas were in vain. Hague was yelling at him now — in English, a language Rodriguez barely understood.
The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. explains why you shouldn't use a public defender when facing criminal charges.
what the public defender
just a nasty-woman PD trying to navigate the justice system without killing anyone. I did not make...
Public defenders vital to justice system
Every day, public defenders serve our Constitution and our communities.
Missouri's top prosecutor objects to public defender's plan
Missouri's top prosecutor says a proposal that would reduce the workloads of attorneys who represent indigent defendants could instead harm indigent citizens while also threatening the public safety.
Why Private Representation is Better than a Public Defender
Many people try to save money by trusting their case to a public defender, but this is fraught with problems. Learn more from our New York criminal attorneys.
How Low Compensation For Public Defenders Is Impacting Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s rate of pay for private attorneys taking on public defense cases is the lowest in the nation at $40 per hour. Now, as part of a budget proposal package from a coalition of criminal justice agencies, the State Public Defender’s office is requesting that the rate be increased to $70 per hour. We look at what’s behind the state’s low public defender pay rate, and how it’s impacting clients who can’t afford a lawyer. We also look at a new federal lawsuit…
3 Reasons Why Public Defenders Can Be Risky
Here are the top three reasons why being represented by a public defender can be risky.
Should I Use a Public Defender for My DUI?
If you’re arrested for a DUI and you can't afford an attorney, the government will pick up the tab and provide you with a lawyer (called a public defender, or “PD”). A public defender is provided because the Supreme Court has ruled that persons facing possible jail time have a right to court-appointed counsel. You don't get to choose the PD; the government selects one for you A public defender is provided because the Supreme Court has ruled that persons facing possible jail…
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Judge: Public defender must represent massacre defendant
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A public defender must continue representing the former student charged in last year's Florida high school massacre, a judge ruled Friday, saying it's unlikely that Nikolas Cruz will actually receive a large inheritance left by his late mother Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer rejected a request from Broward County public defenders to make Cruz hire private attorneys with the $432,000 before taxes…
Rookie public defender must face further arraignment in witness-dissuading case
Saying it would be a “tough call,” a Solano County Superior Court judge on Friday ruled after a preliminary hearing there was enough evidence to warrant further legal proceedings for a …
Public defender James Cheek reflects on how sit-in sparked interest in law
James Cheek wasn’t nervous as police officers loaded him and about 15 of his classmates into a police van or while the group waited overnight in a
A public defender explains why Paul Manafort’s sentence is so unfair
It’s indicative of the disparities in the criminal justice system.
Hennepin County public defender questions police agreement with documentary crew
The arrangement will apply retroactively to April 2017, however, and police say the filming of a documentary on female officers is all but completed.
Cheat Sheet: How Sen. Kamala Harris would assist public defenders
The legislation could increase Harris’ appeal to those skeptical of her record as a prosecutor in California.
Suspected East Area Rapist Will Use Public Defender, Judge Rules
SACRAMENTO -- The man accused of being one of California's most infamous killers appeared in a Sacramento County courtroom Thursday, where a judge ruled he could not afford his own attorney and will use a public defender. Phyllis and Cyril Kalbach say they've waited more than 40 years to see the suspected East Area Rapist, Joseph DeAngelo.
Why Public Defenders Matter More Than Ever in a Time of Reform
In 1963, the Supreme Court handed down Gideon v. Wainwright, which held that the government had to provide a lawyer to any poor defendant…
Why 4 public defenders deserve a seat on the SF bench
Thirty years ago, I entered a courtroom on an upper floor of the San Francisco Hall of Justice to observe arraignments - that is, the first appearances of defendants in a criminal prosecution - in felony cases. I had served as a deputy public defender for the city and county of San Francisco for approximately one year and, having handled hundreds of clients in less serious misdemeanor cases and conducted 10 or so jury trials, was ready to move up to felony defense…
Public Defenders Teach Oakland Youth How to Safely Interact With Police
When two public defenders in their high-powered courtroom outfits enter an 11th-grade history class at Oakland Tech, there's tension in the air.Students whisper, “Are they cops?” And they rela
Why Doesn’t Texas’ Most Liberal County Have a Public Defender?
Judges and an aggrieved defense bar are derailing talks to build a public defender’s office in Travis County.