What is Competent Representation?
The American Bar Association defines it as: “A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.”
The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender has repeatedly maintained that they do NOT have the resources to take all of the cases that are their responsibility to trial. When the facts of the matter clearly show that each and every client of theirs has a legal and ethical right to take their case to trial. Due to the culture and mismanagement of resources of the Public Defenders office they lack the “thoroughness and preparation” to reasonable represent those who they are charged with defending. Instead they engage in a blatant attempt to coerce and intimidate through representing more dire an outcome to their clients should the client choose to exercise their rights. This does not serve in the best interest of justice, and at times results in an innocent client being convicted. The Public defenders office does not exhibit a “presumption of innocence” aka “innocent until proven guilty” but instead maintains an atmosphere of guilt by the simple fact you have been charged. By keeping the total number of cases handled by their organization up, they justify the monies that the state pays them. There is no actual interest in actual justice.
Many have gone so far as to refer to the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender as the “Public Pretenders Office”. Due to the fact that they simply pretend to care about you, your case, and true justice. As we have said elsewhere in this website their actions show that they are NOT proponents of actual “Liberty and Justice for All” as our founding fathers intended. They clearly do not respect the letter of the law in relation to the case that created their very existence Gideon vs Wainwright. They are a true disgrace to the very concept of justice and the rule of law.