public defender


Definition of public defender

: a lawyer usually holding public office whose duty is to defend accused persons unable to pay for legal assistance

Examples of public defender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case was tried in the Southern District of Florida at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and he was represented by the federal assistant public defender. Austen Erblat, Sun Sentinel, 26 June 2022 Muhammad, who traveled with his girlfriend from Indiana to Portland during the height of the social injustice protests two years ago, now stood in a blue jail smock in Hernandez’s 15th floor courtroom, beside an assistant federal public defender. oregonlive, 21 June 2022 Hanni Fakhoury, his attorney, and Lisa Ma, an assistant federal public defender who argued in the case, declined to comment. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Eva Shell, an assistant public defender who handled Allen’s appeal, said the court made the right decision. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2022 In a hearing before Chiampas on March 4, Douglas Stoll, an assistant public defender, asked the judge to quash the subpoena because Ware had never refused to come to court to testify at the actual trial. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 Court records show Taddeo has been appointed an assistant federal public defender but that attorney is not identified, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 Jackson also brings professional diversity to the bench, having served as an assistant public defender and on the federal trial court in Washington. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 7 Apr. 2022 Brown has also spent time in both the public and private sectors, working as an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of public defender

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Public defender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of public defender

: a lawyer usually holding public office who represents criminal defendants unable to pay for legal assistance

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