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NCJ Number: 161204 Find in a Library
Title: But How Can You Sleep Nights? (From Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations: A Book of Readings, Second Edition, P 125-153, 1994, Stan Stojkovic, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-161200)
Author(s): L J McIntyre
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because the goal of public defenders is to defend and work toward acquittal for their clients, even clients they believe are guilty, the issue arises as to how public defenders justify their work.
Abstract: Public defenders generally indicate that the question of guilt is not important and that all individuals have certain constitutional rights, including the right to be represented by an attorney. In some circumstances, mere empathy with a client's situation permits attorneys to feel justified when defending someone they know is factually guilty. While differences between attorney and client mean the attorney sometimes has difficulty in understanding the client, especially the client's motive, this does not mean the client cannot be defended. On the surface, what public defenders do is simply protect client rights. The moral context of public defending and social science perspectives on the responsibilities of public defenders are discussed. The adversarial criminal justice model is considered in relation to public defenders. Finally, the role of trials in local criminal justice systems and the impact of losing a case are examined. 29 references and 8 footnotes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Attorney client relations; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Defense counsel; Public defenders; Right to counsel; Trial procedures
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