Accountability?

What is Accountability?

“In ethics and governance, accountability is answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and the expectation of account-giving. As an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in the public sector, nonprofit and private and individual contexts.” Wikipedia

 

What is Ethics?

“…a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.” wikipedi

 

What is Morality?

“…the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper.” wikipedi

 

We would assertain that the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender is deficient in the above named character traits:

“actions speak louder than words”

Their farce of a grievance process, and de facto “fox guarding the hen house” approach to addressing blatant disregard for the rights of those they are charged to protect is evidence of the lack of accountability.  In many instances the actions and behavior of their staff border on legal mal practice. When someone calls them out on this behavior they claim they are immune from being held accountable. If someone dares to take the office of the Colorado State Public defenders attorneys to the Colorado state office of attorney regulation they will do their best to sabotage the case in which they represent the party filing the complaint. When the law and their own policy dictates that they have to withdraw from representation and the courts are to appoint a “Alternate Defense Counsel”. In other words a private attorney that agrees to take cases in which the public defenders office has a conflict of interest.

 

We would argue that the fact that they investigate themselves and refuse to provide an impartial avenue to address the blatant and often times intentional  negligence  (aka legal Malpractice) they lack any real and factual accountability. There by jeopardizing the very people they are charged to protect.

Basic Ethics & Morality:

would dictate that a group charged with protecting those who are guaranteed “competent legal representation.” In spit of being socioeconomically challenged, lacking the resources to facilitate actual defense against those who would desire to incarcerate or otherwise penalize them.

When a person charged with a crime is facing significant negative repercussions in their life. Some of them resulting in lifelong damage. It should be ethically in the interest of justice to provide that person with all of the same resources that someone with access to better resources would have.

Instead the Attorneys that work for and with the Office of the Colorado Public Defender do all they can to pressure the person charged with a  crime to take a “deal”. Even going so far as to coerce and attempt to intimidate those facing the charges with additional penalties and harm should they not “take the deal”. Regardless of true justice, or even if the person did the offense. The sole interest of the public defenders office is to get the case done and move on. They have even openly admitted that they “do not have time” to take all of the cases to trial. Yet, in this country and yes, still even in Colorado a person is entitled to a trial when accused of a crime. They are also entitled to examine evidence, call witnesses, cross examine witnesses, and in fact even testify in their own defense. All of these things those employed by and through the office of the public defender conscientiously strive to deprive those they should be protecting,  of those very rights they are charged to protect. When a public defender attorney refuses to utilize any and all legally permitted resources to defend the charges it is morally and ethically reprehensible. 

They do not care if it destroys someones livelihood, family, or health. Or even if it costs an innocent person their life. All the State (being the office of the public defender, the district attorneys office, and the court system of the State of Colorado) care about is the numbers of convictions. Keeping the for profit jails, and prisons full. thereby ensuring the need for their very jobs, and their pay check. There is ZERO correlation between actual justice and those harmed by their underling agenda.

It is time we hold all of these parties responsible for their in fact criminal acts.

*VOTE the Career judges out!

*Write your elected officials and let them know you know what they are supporting.

*Tell everyone you know to do the same. You never know when they might decide to come after you or someone you know. There are more of us then there are of these entitled unethical criminals running amuck with our justice system.

 

The public defenders should be funded completely independent of the courts, their numbers, or any other aspect that shows a lack of separation between the defense and the prosecutor.  The revolving door between the different aspects of the system is blatantly wrong.  The above the law mentality of those employed and charged with protecting our rights and freedoms is nothing short of alarming. They should be held accountable by an independent (NOT the fake and non independent office of attorney regulation) board. All those involved in the courts and justice system as a aspect of their employment with any governmental or quasi governmental organization should be required to take annual classes and pass a test regarding the rights of the citizens and their responsibility to protect those rights.