Friday, October 25, 2013

The "meet and greet" practice of law?

The "a public defender blog" has posted a story on the reality of practice of criminal defense in some courts.  In fact, this is (obviously) not an isolated incident -remember the story that the Miami public defender's office was rejecting cases because they did not have time to manage them?   In any case, the public defender story is about a case in which the defendant was assigned a public defender who met with the client for the first time the morning of his trial, which was going to be the attorney's first criminal trial in seven years. The attorney had about 12 hours to prepare for trial.  A public defender argues that a conviction under those circumstances violates the constitution.  And he has some strong words for the lawyer who claimed he was ready for the trial under those circumstances. You can read the full post here.