… Marcus D. Gordon, has admitted to not assigning public defenders until after indictment—when formal charges are filed against a defendant. Gordon has claimed the policy is necessary because of scarce resources. But in a state that sets no time-limit on how long someone can be held in jail before indictment, the result is that poor defendants who can’t afford bail routinely end up in jail for months without ever speaking to a lawyer.
Gibberish is the official language of U.S. criminal law, and judges like Marcus Gordon speak it fluently when ‘splaining how very little that we, the people, deserve when suspected of committing a crime. The Q & A portion of the article above reads like a discarded page of Lewis Carroll’s most famous work, tossed for being too mad for his mad queen’s “off with their heads” rants.
Our justice system hasn’t had a thing to be proud of since the U.S. Supreme Court established the separate but equal justice of absolute immunity for deliberate prosecutorial and supervisory misconduct in the 1970’s. Only defendants have to play by the rules, with only fictional assistance for those who can’t afford an attorney.
In almost every state, free public defense isn’t really free, and it is isn’t really defense, which John Oliver nailed in his HBO Public Defenders segment.