We talked before a little bit about the certain rights people have when they are accused of a crime. One of those rights is the right to a lawyer even if the person cannot afford one. The criminal justice system is designed to have an adversarial proceeding where there’s a person fighting for the defendant’s rights on one side and the prosecutor is fighting for what he believe is in the state’s best interests on the other side. A public defender is someone who is appointed, basically, and it is a specific office in each jurisdiction. His sole job is to represent those folks that do not have the financial means necessary to hire an attorney.
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