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Thread: Today Is "Public Defense Day"

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    Today Is "Public Defense Day"

    Today we honor those lawyers who serve as public defenders, or who otherwise represent the indigent. We do this because today is the anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright. Gideon held that due process demands that a person facing the potential loss of liberty was entitled to counsel at the expense of the state. Interestingly, this opinion was authored by Justice Abe Fortas who only served a few years on the high court.

    I began my legal career 42 years ago in a public defender's office. In many ways, it was the best time of my career. We were overworked, underpaid, and largely unappreciated. Public defenders today still are overworked and underpaid. But thank god for them. So, give a public defender a hug today.

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    where did you do your public defense work?

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    I'd like to see public defenders have a law giving them equal budgets as the prosecution.

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    Spot on, RJ. Juice, here in Alabama.

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    right on -- I'm sure you had some memorable cases

    buddy did some public defense work at the Texas-Mexico border -- he had some stories

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