Posts tagged "public defenders"

A behind-the-scenes look at Cook County public defenders' heavy caseloads

A behind-the-scenes look at Cook County public defenders' heavy caseloads
It’s been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anyone facing criminal charges has a right to an attorney even if they can’t afford one. The decision came out of a case called Gideon vs. Wainwright and was settled in 1963. During that era, the criminal courts looked a lot different than they... Read more »

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows

Cook County leads the nation in exonerations while price of justice grows
We might need to add $10.25 million to Chicago’s long tab of legal settlements paid out to people who’ve been wrongfully convicted. The city’s council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the payment to Alton Logan, a man who spent 26 years behind bars for murder while police swept evidence under the rug that he was innocent, the... Read more »

VIDEO: Rita Fry reflects on the life of a public defender

The average Cook County public defender handles 522 cases a year, a caseload higher than any other jurisdiction in the country. Rita Fry knows what it’s like. She worked in the Cook County public defender’s office from 1980 to 2003 and told our reporter Angela Caputo about how she often met clients for the first... Read more »
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