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L.A. County fights old law barring judges as public defenders

Aug 11, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Supervisors unanimously vote to ask state legislators to change the law, written in 1921 when a single lawyer represented every poor defendant in the county.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to ask state legislators to change an obscure 89-year-old law that appears to prohibit judges from serving as county public defender, the office in charge of giving legal representation to the poor.