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Top Reasons Not To Accept A Public Defender

Sometimes it makes sense to be frugal — but not if you are arrested for a white-collar offense or other type of crime. You may be gambling with your freedom. ...more

The Sequester hits home

It is a sad day indeed when the government of the United States has run out of funds to pay CJA attorneys, members of the defense bar who accept assignments to represent indigent federal criminal defendants pursuant to the...more

The Second Circuit On Appointed Counsel And The Perils Of Hiring A Lawyer For A Federal Criminal Case

Most people who are accused of a crime in federal court are unable to pay for a lawyer and have one appointed for them....more

Short Wins - Is It Unseemly That DOJ Asks For New Prosecutors While Federal Defenders Are Being Laid Off?

Three opinions are in this week's "short wins" - on restitution calculation, competency in a bank robbery case, and the Fair Sentencing Act....more

Short Wins - Public Defender Withdrawals Of Two Kinds

Last week was an active week in the federal appeals courts. Perhaps most interesting - especially to those who are concerned about the state of our federal public defenders - is the Second Circuit's opinion in United...more

Short Wins - More On The Federal Defender Budget Mess And The Withering Sixth Amendment

Two wins in the Eighth Circuit - nice. Other than that, it's a whole lot of resentencing news. In news related to last week's short wins post, though, where I lamented that Assistant Federal Public Defenders will be...more

Do The Right Thing: Get Good Legal Advice

Abraham Lincoln once said that a man who represents himself has a fool for a client. In criminal defense cases, Mr. Lincoln had it right....more

Stealth Lawyer: Dawn Porter, Filmmaker, 'Gideon's Army' [Video]

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Dawn Porter, a filmmaker, discusses her new HBO documentary "Gideon's Army" which follows a group of young public defenders in the Deep South who contend with long hours, low pay and staggering...more

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