Challenges for Public Defenders

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    • 00:03

      SPEAKER 1: Challenges public defendersface I think are different of where you practice.Practicing in Colorado, I don't feelwe have the same challenges as if you were a public defender,say in the South.Or in States that don't have state run public defendersofficers.Colorado, we're well funded.We have a lot of support.So the challenges that we face are just

    • 00:25

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: your everyday challenges of trying to help your clients.Working with clients who are suffering from mental healthissues.Who have extreme challenges just becauseof their economic status.If you're a public defender in the south,you are facing challenges of, am Igoing to get an investigator to help me on this case?Am I going to get funding to be able to get an expert

    • 00:45

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: to help me for this case?Can I go and travel to do mitigation?Those types of resources.The things that luckily I'm able to take forgranted because we are so well funded and well supportedin Colorado.Those challenges are what you faceif you decide you want to be a public defender somewhere else.I think the biggest difficulty with representing someone who's

    • 01:06

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: accused of a sex offense is, we lose the notion you'reinnocent till proven guilty.People hear sex assault. He did what?They just hear that accusation aloneand they stop thinking this person could be innocent.That it only takes an accusation for someone to all of a sudden

    • 01:26

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: be accused of a sex assault. That'sreally the difficulties when you'retalking to jurors about-- just because someonemakes this accusation, it's not necessarily true.People oftentimes have difficulties believing--especially children-- that they could accuse someoneof such a heinous crime.

    • 01:47

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: And we get to a place such as a trialand not something had happened.But in reality, there's a number of innocent people every dayaccused of a crime.It oftentimes feels when someone is accused of sex assault,that that innocent until proven guiltyis actually guilty until proven innocent.

Challenges for Public Defenders

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Kathryn Herold discusses the challenges public defenders face and issues they face in representing people accused of sexual assault.

Challenges for Public Defenders

Kathryn Herold discusses the challenges public defenders face and issues they face in representing people accused of sexual assault.

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