Public defenders try to make inroads in the judiciary, nationally and locally

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Only 7% of federal judges are former public defenders, according to the Cato Institute. Photo by Shutterstock.

More than 300 LA County public defenders signed a letter requesting that their office stop accepting certain cases because their workloads are unmanageable. Their plea was rejected. A slate of public defenders are running for Superior Court of LA County, which like most other courts, has not had many public defenders as judges. Many LAPD officers who were found to have violated the department’s deadly force policies have not been disciplined, according to a report from the LAPD’s inspector general.