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The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming, with locations in Denver and Cheyenne, serves two states. Since its founding in 1975, the office has been appointed to provide trial and appellate legal representation – in federal district court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court – to persons charged with or convicted of crimes. click here for more information | en espaņol

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Challenge to NSA’s Eavesdropping

"A Colorado resident charged with terrorism-related offenses challenged the constitutionality on Wednesday of a 2008 law allowing the National Security Agency …

CLE Programs

The Office of the Federal Public Defender, in conjunction with the Colorado CJA Standing Committee, sponsors approximately 16 Continuing Legal Education Programs …

Defense of British Soldiers at the Boston Massacre, ABC News Piece, and "Defending Gideon"

Message on April 26, 2013 from Cait Clarke, Assistant Director of the Office of Defender Services

To Members of Our Defender Community:
These are such challenging …

Federal Public Defense in an Age of Inquisition 2

By David Patton, Federal Defenders of New York, April 24, 2013
Yale Law Journal, Vol. 122, p. 100, 2013


This Essay asks whether federal criminal defendants …

NY Times - Defending the Indigent

Letter, Published: April 24, 2013
Re “Sequestration of Justice” (editorial, April 12):

Sadly, while it is widely recognized in this 50th-anniversary year of the …

NY Times - Budget Cuts, Minus the Inconvenience

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, Published: April 23, 2013

On Monday, after the sequester cuts forced the Federal Aviation Administration to begin furloughs for air traffic …

The Washington Post - Public Defenders Offices shouldn't suffer under sequestration

By Paul L. Friedman and Reggie B. Walton, Published: April 18

Paul L. Friedman and Reggie B. Walton are federal judges on the U.S. District Court for the District …

IT WASN'T GIDEON by John L. Kane, United States Senior District Judge

The first offering is an article by Senior U.S. District Judge John L. Kane, who, in 1964, became Colorado's first public defender. This article was the subject …

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