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Case Study: New Public Defender

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The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday doubled-down on their pick of the new Public Defender even as legal assistants and investigators at the defender’s office have joined defense attorneys in saying he is unqualified. In a statement released at the end of a closed performance review with David Marcus, the supervisors said they were sure they wanted him to continue working as the county’s top defender. “During this meeting, Mr. Marcus reaffirmed his commitment to carrying out the mission of the Public Defender’s Office, which is to provide aggressive, competent, and ethical representation to indigent persons facing deprivation of liberty or other civil rights in a cost-effective manner,” the supervisors said in a statement. “This
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