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New Orleans' chief public defender discusses persistent hurdles to defending the poor in court

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on September 24, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Originally published on CityLab from The Atlantic or September 23 by Brentin Mock.

On September 3, Tina Peng, a lawyer in New Orleans’ much beleaguered Public Defenders Office, which is facing furloughs and layoffs due to poor funding structures, decided to take her case to the American public. In an op-ed she penned for The Washington Post, she did for her office what she often does for her indigent clients when appearing before judges: She plead for mercy.

Wrote Peng:


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