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"Any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him.  This seems to us to be an obvious truth."

Gideon v. Wainwright


Public Defender News

Experts say law enforcement’s use of cellphone records can be inaccurate

(The Washington Post © 6/27/2014)

The use of cellphone records to place suspects at or near crime scenes is coming under attack in courts nationwide, challenging an established practice by federal and local law enforcement that has helped lead to thousands of convictions.

Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones

(The New York Times © 6/25/2014)

In a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.

End 'debtors' prisons' in Ohio and the nation: editorial

(The Plain Dealer © 6/3/2014)

Low-level offenders shouldn't go to jail simply because they are too poor to pay the fines levied against them by judges -- either in Ohio or in the United States as a whole.


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Employment Opportunity


The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking one experienced attorney to act as an independent contractor to provide legal representation to indigent clients upon court appointment in Fayette County, Ohio.
The contract requires the attorney to provide representation to indigent clients upon court appointment in approximately 25 percent of all cases in Fayette County Court of Common Pleas-General Division, Washington Court House Municipal Court, and Fayette County Court of Common Pleas-Juvenile Division.   The annual caseload for this contract is approximately 200 cases. The contract amount has a non-negotiable cap of $43,608.00, paid in 12 monthly installments.     
Interested attorneys should email a cover letter and resume to:
Herman A. Carson, Director, Ohio Public Defender Athens County Branch Office at the following address:


Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE)

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center has created a step-by-step guide to applying for a CQE.  If your criminal convictions are affecting your ability to get a job, you may want to consider applying for a CQE, which can erase some barriers to employment.

CLE for Appointed Counsel

Memorandum regarding Indigent Criminal Defense Training Opportunities

Upcoming - Indigent Criminal Defense Training Seminars

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Death Row Updates

Flawed Arizona execution must force another look at Ohio's death cocktail

(The Plain Dealer © 7/28/2014)

Another execution. Another debacle. Another debate.

Judge orders temporary moratorium on Ohio executions

(The Columbus Dispatch © 5/28/2014)

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A federal judge has ordered a temporary moratorium on executions in Ohio while legal issues related to new lethal injection protocol are worked out.  

Precautions with death

(Akron Beacon Journal © 5/12/2014)

Of the 56 recommendations made by the task force reviewing the administration of the death penalty in Ohio, many won unanimous or overwhelming approval.

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