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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 02:42 PM

One In Four Kansas Public Defenders Quit Last Year, Leaving Agency 'In Crisis'

Ruslan Ivanov loved being a public defender. What he didn’t love was the way his work constantly followed him — at home, with friends and family, even on vacation.

On one trip to Colorado, he stood in front of a breathtaking mountain view. And started thinking about a case.

“I thought about, ‘I need to do something. Is there something that I forgot? Is there something that I’m missing?’” he said. “I still thought about the individuals that I encountered and their life situations … too much of that is maybe detrimental in one’s job as an attorney, but I still thought about it.”

From 2015 to 2018, Ivanov was an attorney for the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services, the state agency that provides criminal defense to people who can’t afford their own lawyers. He worked in Wichita and Topeka, mostly handling drug cases, assaults, thefts and weapons possession.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 02:59 PM

1. And public defender offices are vastly underfunded compared to district attorney offices

"Often, he had to track down and interview witnesses himself, a task typically performed by an investigator — but his office only had one investigator between two dozen attorneys."

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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 04:33 PM

2. This is a problem all over the country. It takes incredible dedication to practice as a p.defender.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 06:37 AM

3. As always,

The world is tilting in favor of money and not..allowing a level playing field.

This seems to run parallel to winger administrations..

Justice for all is not some trendy cliché..Its important, americuns have
died for it. We cannot let the wingers take it away from us...

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