We must substantially increase funding for public defense

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Good afternoon:

Today is Law Day, a good time to take a look at our legal system and discuss what we can do to improve it.

A necessary reform would be to substantially increase funding for indigent defense.

Our adversary system cannot produce just results if adversaries are not evenly matched. Increasing public defense budgets is never popular with the voters. Public defenders are constantly adjusting to reduced budgets and increasing caseloads. Compensation paid to court appointed attorneys declines every year and for the past 10 years, it has not been sufficient to cover monthly overhead.

We must never forget that criminal defense lawyers are liberty’s last defender. When they represent their clients in a competent and professional manner, they force the police and the prosecution to do their jobs and keep them honest.

The long term decline in funding has compromised the adversary system by making it impossible to compete on equal footing with the prosecution and police.

11 Responses to We must substantially increase funding for public defense

  1. ed nelson says:

    I might as well add that I really have a high regard for Finns, Being decended in my father’s line, from north Norway, we sure are not too different peoples!

    I mean… you may know or not, but the north peeps” some called ”eskimoes” or Rein deer folks…. I tell you gadamit….!

    I am reinderrs too… Granpa didn’t own up on that poor guy!

  2. ed nelson says:

    No I was just kiddin’

  3. ed nelson says:

    Well that’s a Finn for ya! We used to say… ! the “OKIES of Scandinvia”…. Dumb shits!

  4. ed nelson says:

    I Hear yah babe !!

  5. tblue says:

    Off topic: Will you follow the shotgun killing of German exchange student Diren Dede in Montana by a guy who, like Byron Smith, set a trap because he was staying up nights for a chance to shoot intruders (killer’s own words!)? The killing happened on Sunday, I think.

  6. Malisha says:

    Look here:


    Yet another psycho setting up a situation to try to get someone to “invite” a tresspass/murder situation. this time a German exchange student. Perhaps individuals from the rest of the world should start to consider the USA off-limits for everything, including tourism.

    It’s too dangerous to come here, given the possibility of someone self-defending you to death on a whim.

    • Malisha says:

      Just imagine a woman dressing in sexualized “come hither” clothing and then killing men who approach her. Is a woman’s body not her “castle” too?

      • MKX says:

        Or have a black male walk around in tan pants, white shoes and a dark grey hooded track warm up.

        When a Zimmerpig takes the bait and pulls out his gun to detain “the suspect’, any relative of the black male is within their rights to off pig with a long gun in that pigs act is clearly life threatening and the right wing has made the use of lethal force to protect loved ones in danger legitimate.

        And I can not see why anyone on the right who espouse that we are post racial would find the above wrong.

        IOW, what goes around will come around.

        All sarcasm aside, we are reaping the fruit of a media that loves to push fear of everything that can be deemed an “other”.

        One of the things that the so-called hippies who “ruined” the USA pushed was to love your fellow man.

        In response, in order to save ‘Merica, the right wing went on a campaign to promote fear and loathing of all people who were strangers and your only hope to avoid death was to put trust in authoritarian law and order and to lock yourself in a castle along with guns.

        They have succeeded.

        Anyhow, this clip from a film made by drug addled hippie types is relevant today.

  7. Malisha says:

    Oh it’s so demoralizing, how bad the PD system has become. I have seen PD’s basically WORK for the prosecution. Horrible. I won’t even go into the details; they’re one worse than the last and all in a never-ending chain of outrages.

    One PD in Harford County instructed a client BEFORE SHE WAS ARRESTED that she had to turn herself in at a certain HOUR at a certain location; it was because the complaining witness had arranged with a guard to beat her up between arrest and arraignment! When we later got the actual uncontrovertible evidence this happened, nobody would act on it and the PD was still permitted to represent her against her will.

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