Check out this article from apublicdefender.com.
I mean, it is Texas, but come on.
The Public Defender’s office is clearly not protecting the very people they claim to zealously represent. I guess now it’s up to the ACLU or some generous private attorney willing to take on the system? Clearly this is a systematic way to investigate the poor (and inevitably, people of color) without probable cause or even reasonable suspicion. At a minimum, we have 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment violations going on here.
This is going to result in a ton of people not applying for a PD, which probably means they will plead guilty pro se, in total violation of Gideon v. Wainwright (they asked for a lawyer, and likely qualified for one, but the state is placing an insurmountable obstacle in their way).
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