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 defender’s 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 the 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 someone’s 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 attorney’s office, and the court system of the State of Colorado) cares about is the number of convictions. Keeping the for-profit jails, and prisons full. thereby ensuring the need for their very jobs and their paycheck. There is a ZERO correlation between actual justice and those harmed by their underlying 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 than 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 an 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.