Stories from Criminal Court

Friday Night in Manhattan.....

For many New Yorkers, Friday night can be magical.  Food, wine, dancing..... thousands of pleasures and pursuits await us. 

Not the Public Defenders.

Tonight, I am in Manhattan Criminal Court.  As an "on duty" public defender, I am in court representing people who have been charged with felonies and misdemeanors of all kinds.  Here, in the heat and humidity, a judge presides as people stand accused of robbery, narcotics, and other forms of mayhem.  My job is to fight tooth and nail for each and every client's release.  I have to pull at the strands of allegations that support the charges filed against my clients.  And if I pull hard enough, and skillfully enough, the charges can begin to unravel, and my clients will go free.