Public Defender

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Chicago Public Defender Fights for Those With Odds Stacked Against Them

Chastidy Burns, Cook County public defender learned that helping people in the legal system may not be the same path traveled for everyone.


Drew Peterson's state prison mugshot (Illinois Department of Corrections)

Peterson’s Attorneys Step Aside, Seek Public Appellate Defender

Convicted killer Drew Peterson’s lawyers have quietly withdrawn from the appeal of his murder conviction.


Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

Former Dixon Comptroller Requests Public Defender

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell wants a public defender to represent her on charges she embezzled millions in public funds.


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Man Sues Cook County Over Public Defender’s Advice

A man claiming he spent about eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a crime on the advice of his public defender filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Cook County and the attorney.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2011