Thursday, October 28, 2010

“Public defenders are not defenders of the public. They are not serving the public good. They are taxpayer-funded attorneys for criminals."

That was the enlightened District Attorney in Aspen, Colorado. Here's the intro to the article:

It may come as a surprise to casual observers of this ritzy ski resort that the majority of people accused of crimes in the Aspen area qualify as indigent, and therefore have a right to a court-appointed attorney.The Colorado State Public Defender handles those cases out of its Glenwood Springs office, where four attorneys cover the caseload in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.The district attorney’s office handles the same area with 14 prosecutors, including elected District Attorney Martin Beeson. Beeson met with the Pitkin County commissioners this week, asking for a $600,000-plus contribution to his $3 million budget covering the tri-county area. He declined to cut his budget by 5 percent, as the commissioners had asked, and the county board appears poised to grant his full request.Colorado public defenders have no such county budget review, and no elected leader. Their funding comes out of the state’s general fund, which is approved by the state Legislature. The expenditures out of their Glenwood office in 2010 totaled $663,910, and their 2011 state budget is in the works in Denver.

While we are on quotes, there's this great one that ATL pointed out:

Appropriately weighty principles guide our course. First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan21), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.
21 See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount Pictures 1982). The film references several works of classic literature, none more prominently than A Tale of Two Cities. Spock gives Admiral Kirk an antique copy as a birthday present, and the film itself is bookended with the book’s opening and closing passages. Most memorable, of course, is Spock’s famous line from his moment of sacrifice: “Don’t grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . .” to which Kirk replies, “the needs of the few.”

Darrell Cook detailed his "love of the Rangers that has gone generally unrequited for thirty-eight (38) years." He asked the court to postpone a pretrial conference, which was set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, so that "justice may be done."
By justice, he meant: "That Darrell can be present in San Francisco for Game 1 of the World Series while Cliff Lee wields his usual style of Post-Season justice to the hapless souls that are otherwise known as the Giants lineup," according to a footnote.
Here's the whole motion for a fun read. Too bad the Rangers lost.


Rumpole said...

My favourite quote, and I think it's from the same movie is when Spock says "There's an old Vulcan saying: Only Nixon could go to China"

Live long and prosper DOM.

PS: Why does Buku need a private security service for bond?

Anonymous said...

Please call Beeson at (970) 945-8635 and let him know how you feel.

Anonymous said...

I once had a public pretender. She worked very hard for me.