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  •  As far as public defenders (6+ / 0-)

    I don't know about the particular one your friend had, but don't be so quick to knock them.  

    They are often many times better than private attorneys because they know the system and the players better than anyone and have more resources.  

    They do get overworked for sure, but if your friend is facing his or her 3rd strike, there is only so much a lawyer can do if the facts of the case are bad.

    "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free" -- Von Goethe

    by Lawguy101 on Wed May 18, 2011 at 09:02:48 AM PDT

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    •  This one (8+ / 0-)

      has a terrible track record, and despite having permission to talk with the family who may have information helpful to the guy's case, has refused to personally contact them.  You'd think some kind of plea bargain might have been reached before it reached this point... guess she doesn't have time for that either.

      “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

      by Terranova0 on Wed May 18, 2011 at 09:30:25 AM PDT

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      •  2 of the 3 strikes (3+ / 0-)
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        are this case...  

        “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

        by Terranova0 on Wed May 18, 2011 at 09:32:25 AM PDT

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        •  We broke down (1+ / 0-)
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          and got our son an attorney after saying we wouldn't do it (as I said upthread, long, long, story) after we saw how awful the public defender system is - and I know most of those people went into their job with the purest of motives. But they are hopelessly overworked, become cynical and system-hardened, and end up not being able to give their clients the time and help they need. As this diary points out, those clients are more often than not mentally ill and it ends up being "too bad for them."

          •  It's hard to keep faith (1+ / 0-)
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            when I know deep-down the chance of the kid getting a fair shake is next to nil.

            Hearing about that pot-head facing life wasn't reassuring.

            “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

            by Terranova0 on Wed May 18, 2011 at 03:33:08 PM PDT

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