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public defender,

governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was provided have created a need for more lawyers to represent the indigent. Proponents of the public defender office claim that it is the most efficient and effective method of protecting the indigent. Other systems include court-appointed counsel from the local bar, clinics operated by law schools, and legal aid societies. The societies are privately funded and offer civil and criminal representation.
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They had been seen by one assistant public defender at the preliminary hearing, another who filed the application for bail reduction, and still another who tried the case.
She is a past president of the Black Public Defenders Association.
While idealistic and dedicated, Alexander reveals there is nothing easy about being a public defender, as she struggled to keep up with 120 cases of clients charged with serious felonies.