Public Defenders, Bolstered by a Work Analysis and Rulings, Push Back Against a Tide of Cases - NYTimes.com:
by Erick Eckholm
"CLAYTON, Mo. — On a typical recent morning Colleen M. Polak, a St. Louis County public defender, ran upstairs and down and up again and in and out of four courtrooms, simultaneously representing clients in 10 cases. She consulted, negotiated and sometimes just waited. On this day, one client was sentenced to six years for illegal gun possession after a judge dismissed Ms. Polak’s objections to what she called questionable evidence. Ms. Polak, 32, was disappointed, saying that she had spent weekends on the case so as not to deprive other clients of her time but that it was impossible to spread herself as thinly as the job required."
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