Minnesota's public defense employees are overworked and undervalued compared to state and county prosecutors. Public defense employees are requesting parity with their prosecutor counterparts.
Public defense is mandated by our United States Constitution. The assault on our public defense employees is an assault on our Constitution!
The Sixth Amendment (Amendment VI) to the United States Constitution sets forth rights related to criminal prosecutions:
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
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