Why there should always be publicly funded defenders

An article in the Boston Globe today about the exoneration of a mentally ill, homeless man wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a sex crime he did not commit.  This is why there should always be publicly-funded defenders– because it’s never too late to admit you’ve made a mistake when it comes to civil liberties, much less personal dignity.

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5 thoughts on “Why there should always be publicly funded defenders

  1. Michelle

    That article made me sad. I am certainly glad that he was exonerated but so late. 17 years in jail and all he gets is exonerated? Does he have any recourse to sue?

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  2. Maureen

    Having been the equivalent of a public defender within our legal system, it was the most difficult but most stimulating job I’ve ever had. There are some excellent and dedicated public defenders and their contributions are often overlooked.

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