|Chief NOLA Public Defender Derwyn Bunton|
“A lawyer poorly resourced can cause irreparable harm to a client,” says Chief NOLA Public Defender Derwyn Bunton.
- How do 50 lawyers handle 22,000 cases? They can’t. New Orleans public defenders say the criminal justice system needs urgent reform.
- New Orleans public defenders admit they’ve not been able to adequately represent all their clients and innocent people have gone to
“You do your best, but a lot of times you can’t provide the kind of representation that the Constitution, our code of ethics and professional standards would have you provide.” Derwyn Bunton
The second 1,000 clients, you feel awful.
The third 1,000, 3,000 in, it doesn’t feel so bad anymore.
One morning I woke up and I just felt like, “I’m not even angry about this anymore.” It’s just every day to me.
Every day my clients are going away for a decade. And I just move along to the next client.
I remember two individuals being at the lead table, they were:
* Judge Diane Sykes
* Ex- Milwaukee County District Attorney
E. Michael McCann
Also, due to laws such as Truth in Sentencing.
How many became "trapped" in the worrisome Industrial Complex and misused address of marijuana.
Incarceration by any means WITH no OVERSIGHT.
- Attorney Kelli Thompson - State Public Defender
- Attorney Michael Tobin - Deputy State Public Defender
- Attorney Jennifer Bias - Trial Division Director
- Attorney Adam Plotkin - Legislative Liaison
- Attorney Gina Pruski - Training Director
- Attorney Jeremy Perri - Appellate Division Director
- Attorney Tom Webb - Trial Division Milwaukee
- Attorney Colleen Ball - Local Attorney Manager