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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
    •   The following is an interview with Paul Dewolfe, head of the statewide Maryland Office of Public Defense. It is the latest in a continuing series of NAPD interviews with public defense leaders. Paul's interview is below, and other interviewed leaders include Amy Campanelli (Cook County Office of the Public Defender), Kimberly Simmons (Idaho Public Defense Commission), and David Johnson (Virginia Indigent Defense Commission).
    •  So, to those of you reading this Post, I urge you to take a minute and email your federal and state representatives and express to them your desire to see these funds provided now! Remind them of that the Rule of Law is based on the respect of our citizenry, and that if minorities and the poor can no longer believe that they can receive proper representation when charged with a crime, then a large hole is torn in the essential element of respect that founds the Rule, and violence such as experienced in recently will reoccur on a growing scale.
    • We have a problem with the degradation of black men in this country. In response, we need help and action from all people, white people and otherwise. The average white person, absent actual blood on their hands, isn’t any more complicit or responsible than me. In this spirit, we require an inclusive, encompassing message, not one that alienates, implicitly or explicitly, any particular group of people.
    •   Every piece of this evidence of mental illness was presented at the trial, which was live-streamed on the internet and received extensive media coverage. However, for us, his attorneys, one of the most troubling and frustrating aspects of this case was that despite every indication that this tragic crime was caused by a disease with a biological basis, the public discourse about the case has largely been about the extent to which Mr. Holmes is not just mentally ill, but “evil.”

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