Lawyers For All: Sign On

It started as an inspiration and has metamorphosed into a conviction: If the state is to be represented in each and every criminal prosecution by prosecutors, experts and investigators wholly funded, then why aren't defendants? We've begun a journey toward the goal of equal justice for all by assuring that indigents have the right to a defense. Why not a public defender, or, at the very least, a state paid defender for all accused of a crime?

Sure, it sounds like a hare-brained idea at first blush. After all, services for the indigent are scarcely funded. But as a goal, no American should be required to face the state armed solely with resources he or she can muster. Lawmakers hell-bent on criminalizing their own shadows ought to be compelled to ante up for both sides of the aisle.

I've started a website called Lawyers For All. There is a link to it at the right. I hope you will read, spread the word and comment on this idea. Nothing prevents the wealthy from opting out in the same way that wealthy Britons choose to avoid the public health system. But no American should be forced to choose between a lawyer and a necessary expert. And all Americans should be able to meet the state's allegations with a team as good and as well funded as the state's. Or do we care so little for liberty and presumption of innocence?
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About Norm Pattis

Norm Pattis is a Connecticut based trial lawyer focused on high stakes criminal cases and civil right violations. He is a veteran of more than 100 jury trials, many resulting in acquittals for people charged with serious crimes, multi-million dollar civil rights and discrimination verdicts, and scores of cases favorably settled.

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I believe that the state is a necessary fiction and that failing to combat it is the first step toward tyranny.
– Norm Pattis


Nothing in this blog should be considered legal advice about your case. You need a lawyer who understands the context of your life and situation. What are offered here are merely suggested lines of inquiry you may explore with your lawyer.

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