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Arrested? John Oliver Has A Warning You Have To Hear

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.14.2015 | Home

You have a right to an attorney... but as John Oliver pointed out on Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," you don't have a right to an attorney who actually ...

Michael McLaughlin

Public Defender Files Complaint About Her 'Rough' Arrest | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO -- A deputy public defender who was arrested in a widely seen video filed a complaint against the San Francisco Police Department on Thu...

Sasha Belenky

The Sex Lives Of Others, The Celebrity Profiler And More Must-Read Stories | Sasha Belenky | Posted 07.26.2013 | Home

1. The Celebrity-Profiler Profiles Himself Tom Chiarella, writer-at-large at Esquire, has made a career of profiling some of Hollywood's biggest bo...

Sam Stein

How Sequestration Is Gutting The Public Defender System | Sam Stein | Posted 07.26.2013 | Home

It's roughly 164 miles from Lubbock, Texas, to Abilene; not the furthest drive you can do in the Lone Star State but still a bit of a haul. On a good ...

A Promise Worth Keeping: Restoring Fairness to America's Justice System

Jonathan Rapping | Posted 05.18.2013 | Home
Jonathan Rapping

"I went to law school to make a difference. I became a public defender to ensure poor people have access to the same justice as those with money. But I find myself spending my days processing people through a system that does not give them a chance."

Too Many Still Wait to Hear Gideon's Trumpet

Vanita Gupta | Posted 05.18.2013 | Home
Vanita Gupta

The daily injustices suffered nationwide by indigent defendants are staggering. Many are without lawyers at bail hearings, which leaves people incarcerated until trial because they cannot afford bail.

Should Miami Celebrate Its Lawyers?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 04.16.2012 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

At this time, when the public perception of lawyers is understandably at an all-time low, the not-for-profit Lawyers to the Rescue has identified several South Florida lawyers who have set a new standard for their commitment to public service.

For-Profit Criminal Prosecutions

Andrea Lyon | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home
Andrea Lyon

When there is publicity associated with a criminal prosecution, the ability for jurors, judges, and prosecutors and yes, sometimes even defense lawyers, to presume innocence becomes even more circumscribed.

The Power Of Futile Speeches

Mark Osler | Posted 08.17.2011 | Home
Mark Osler

Don't worry about the size of your audience; someone like me might be listening. Minds are more open than you might think, and sometimes even the prosecutor gets it.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Robin Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Robin Steinberg

When you peel back the rhetoric, and peer past the politics, in the South Bronx, as in other poor communities, the bulk of family court cases are really about poverty.

Supreme Court Ruling Speaks of a New Kind of Public Defense

Robin Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Robin Steinberg

In a single bold stroke last week, the Supreme Court redefined what criminal defense should be.

Gates and Trucks

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reese Schonfeld

For once, American manufacturers are producing the best weapons ahead of schedule, and will save lives of men who would die without them.

Defending the Damned Author Kevin Davis on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Journalist Kevin Davis, the author of Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office, recently appeared on a talk show I host at the Hideout. Here is video of the interview.