Federal public defenders face a looming budget crisis that threatens their ability to represent indigent people accused of crimes.
Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders suggested that prosecutors covered for law enforcement, helping to keep systematic mishandling of evidence out of public view. "The implications are massive."
The Cook County public defender wants authorities to find a way to stop men in custody from exposing themselves to female attorneys. "It's disgusting, it's awful and my lawyers are being assaulted."
A lawsuit filed Monday describes defendants waiting months in jail before meeting a lawyer, and some defendants who don't get a lawyer at all. Similar suits are underway in at least six other states.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, accused of bombings in New York and New Jersey, entered his pleas in a New Jersey state court. He has not made any court appearances in connection with separate federal charges.