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  •  Many of us do it because we like practicing (4+ / 0-)

    law and not running a business.  In my PD office we have a high proportion here who have decades of experience.  I can't tell you how many times I've had a client say, "I'm going to get a real lawyer" and then come into court with some idiot that doesn't have a clue what is going on.  There are great private attorneys, most of whom charge a lot of money for a case-and there are a lot of crappy private attorneys who charge a lot of money for a case.

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    by NearlyNormal on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 02:50:54 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks NN. I didn't mean to imply that... (1+ / 0-)
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      PDs are bad lawyers, and I apologise for that. What I meant was less experienced lawyers are often appointed and poorer people get the rough end of justice more often than not.

      Thanks to inclusiveheart, straycat and trumpeter also for their insight.

      'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

      by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 05:43:40 PM PDT

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      •  Its fine (1+ / 0-)

        I'm lucky to live in a place where they pay a decent wage to PD's.  Other places make it less doable.  What is nearly universal is the need for more lawyers to ease the caseload, especially in the high-volume misdemeanor courts.  Its not as sexy as the felony and trial cases, but a staggering number of people have had their lives screwed up by "lower" courts.  Most of us can't squeeze in even a year in jail and keep the rest of our lives on any kind of forward trajectory.  Anyway, thanks Clive.

        75534 4-ever or until dk5

        by NearlyNormal on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 07:28:26 PM PDT

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