“Meet-and-Plead: The Inevitable Consequence of Crushing Defender Workloads” is arguably a sweeping indictment of our criminal justice system. It asserts that the rights of defendants are being compromised and that public defenders are being forced to commit ethical violations due to excessive workloads. While it’s hard to argue with the authors’ passionate call for more and better legal representation for the accused, the reality is that justice dispensed in American courts is overwhelmingly fair. Characterizing it as a “meet-and-plead” system is an over simplification that simply doesn’t hold up.
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