February 20, 2006

Condescension-toward-p.-d.s watch

Go, Feige, go! The indefensible one is righteously furious about this NY Times piece of disrespect toward us public defenders, "Lawyers Compete to Represent an Unprepossessing Client".

"Government-sponsored meal ticket?" "Potential ticket into the history books?" Yeah, that's exactly how a salaried line public defender like me is sizing up each client. Where do they get reporters and editors like this? And where are the Jimmy Breslins and Jack Newfields of yesteryear?

Update: some informed perspective - and some haiku - from David Giacalone. Good stuff, but for the record, I am not a 'hard-nosed' public defender; I am in fact a 'Pillsbury Doughboy' public defender.