WE ARE PUBLIC DEFENDERS December 30, 2011
We are the ones who represent people charged with, among others, the most serious of crimes.We do not turn people away because they may be charged with a crime that is notpopular or politically correct.We are the ones who believe that everyone is entitled to the same constitutionalprotections. Not just the rich. Not just the famous. But the most needy of us all.Because we are the Public Defenders.We are proud to give the best representation to all of our clients, whether they are chargedwith a larceny or a murder, because they deserve it.We bring the strength of all of us to help the one of us who stands beside a client and betweenthe prosecution and a prison cell.The client, who even though innocent, is treated like dirt by everyone in the system –except us.The client whose life may be in peril merely because of the nature of the charge itself –which may later turn out to be untrue.The client, whose liberty is taken away pretrial, as a result of a baseless charge.The client, who feels lost and without hope – until he meets us - the Public Defender.As long as we are here, as you are here, we will not let the system, the judges or theprosecutors treat our clients like a number, a faceless file or some nonhuman entity that iseasily disposable. We will not allow this to happen. We will stand up. Through us, our clientsand the Constitution will be heard.The Public Defender.Sure: There are times when we can’t imagine how everything that we need to do will get done – but it does.There are times when we can’t imagine how we are going to survive the day – but wedo.There are times when we can’t imagine how we will win the seemingly impossible caseswe need to win – but we win.