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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
    •  Each first and third Wednesday of the month brings an average of 25-40 people to the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office. Ann Ohmer, a Paralegal in the Appellate Division says, “It is amazing when someone comes in with a record that has haunted them for 20 or 30 years and we tell them that we can file to try to remove it. We have had clients break down and cry when they hear this news. The fear of going back before the court and lack of information have prevented them from so many things. It is so rewarding to give people the ability to move on with their lives!”
    • Last year the Ohio Supreme Court issued a Bench Card to all judges in Ohio instructing them on the legally allowed methods to collect costs, fines, and fees. Perhaps more important than telling judges how they can collect fines, fees, and costs, it also tells them what they cannot do.
    • NAPD's Amicus Committee is pleased to announce that the appellant in United States v. Elizabeth Rodriguez-Vega was successful in her appeal in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That case was argued on July 7th, and the opinion, to be published, was announced on August 14th. Ms. Rodriguez-Vega was granted federal post-conviction collateral relief, under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, vacating her guilty plea to a federal offense that, had it stood, would have almost certainly have resulted in her deportation to Mexico — a nation that the 26-year-old left when she was 12 years old.
    • Let’s see your evidence. Evidence-based practices are all the rage now. Legislators are interested in data. Foundations want to see the evidence before funding a new project. Reform is a no-go unless there is solid evidence to support it.

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    The men and women who dedicate their professional lives to public defense must serve as the catalysts for change. Through NAPD, we will speak with one voice for our clients and their constitutional right to counsel.