LA Public Defenders Short Of Funds, Turning Away Defendants

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For many of those accused of the most serious crimes in New Orleans, there will be no visit from an attorney; no help in negotiating a bond; no investigation into their alleged offense, reports NPR. Public defenders say they don't have the resources to handle the city's indigent caseload after a million-dollar budget shortfall. They are turning away some suspects who can't afford to pay for their own legal representation. "And without that, there could be . . .

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