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October 26, 2012


Dottie Carmichael

The following statement from the article is not factually correct: "But solos Reginald R. Wilson and Bob Estrada both see a “flaw” in the study: The court only appoints private lawyers to indigent defendants when the public defender office has conflicts of interest."

To be clear, about 40% of all indigent appointments are assigned to private practice lawyers and all cases are randomly assigned with two exceptions. (a) If there is a conflict, the public defender is ordinarily assigned the most culpable defendant, and (b) once a defendant has been assigned a public defender, they can request the same counsel in future arrests (which means the office represents more repeat violators). Otherwise, there are no systematic differences in the types of cases represented by the public defender and private assigned attorneys.


This is an interesting study on public defenders being that they always get a bad rap for being overworked and underpaid and under-appreciated.It's good to know that even with all the problems public defenders have, they are still looked at as a a benefit to the system.


Rassmussen is an excellent attorney. That probably skews the results. Wilson is not a bad attorney, but the appointed attorneys vary in quality, which is an issue.

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