Ordinary Injustice, Nassau Style, Parts 1 & 2

At Fault Lines, Ken Womble has dug deep into the bowels of Nassau County Legal Aid Society’s representation of the poor, going to the source training materials and what they instruct public defenders to do. And it is ugly.

In long form, Womble lays it out, chapter and verse, with hard proof that rights of indigent defendants in Nassau County, Long Island, are being ignored so that the wheels of “justice” grind smoothly.

If you read nothing else today, read Ken’s post.

Update:  Part 2 of Ken’s magnum opus is up at Fault Lines. Part 1 was the “how.” Part 2 is the “why.”

9 thoughts on “Ordinary Injustice, Nassau Style, Parts 1 & 2

    1. SHG Post author

      There’s something about a title that includes the word “fuck” that makes my cursor want to go there. Fixed, thanks.

  1. Vin

    The debate on Kens second post was tough. Kudos to Ken for having the strength of character to expose the establishment and risk the backlash he received as a result.

    Takes moxy. You’d think his peers in the PD’s office there would have the same level of moxy.

    1. David Stretton

      Yo Vin-
      If ‘moxie’ was The Secret Word, the little duck would have come down the first time.

    2. Vin

      How do you know I wasn’t referring to the rock band?

      That aside, Im way too engaged in the expression of deep thought to be concerned with spelling and use of proper words, or grammar for that matter.

      That and the basic math taxes my brain.

  2. John Barleycorn

    I am impressed. Wicked Thursday line up if I do say so myself.

    Lawyers tuning up lawyers in a style that would make any group of children assembled on any middle school playground in America strive to pick up their game and start looking forward to all the fun shit in life they have to look forward to if higher education doesn’t fail them before they arrive.

    A black robed rider, underwhelwmed with the good book nor looking for shelter from it, from the great americian plains of all places, landing a few solid body punches as the CDL’S counter with the jab and grab while demonstrating the critical nature and importance of footwork. Via a death penility case nonetheless. Just when one was about ready to start having thoughts of the death penility itself going quietly into the night…

    And my hero of the month Mr. Womble for preserving hope that one day the mother of all grand jury posts will in fact rise from the ashes of the blaw-o-sphere, while he laid down only Part 1 on another topic altogether, which should be dear to all decent citizens of the universe regardless of the indgent defense mechanics within their jurisdiction.

    Here’s hoping you are lining up some equally heavy undercards for when he comes out with Part 2 esteemed one.

    P.S. If Randazza would have come of age during the height of the Zine, in the right neighborhood, he probably would have changed the course of western civilization. That would have been pretty cool and all but perhaps his destiny is to save western civilization from itself as something tells me there are some epic speach battles ahead that are just starting to brew, if the current winds keep blowing.

  3. Kathleen Casey

    Yew. What explains this? Part 2 about the culture may answer the question. Akin to cultures among prosecutors’ offices isn’t it? Still…the callousness in reasoning and morality is a thing of wonder.

    1. SHG Post author

      As I’ve already had the opportunity to read Part 2 (it’s a coming), I have some thoughts on the why apart from what Ken offers. In Manhattan, LAS had some lawyers who refused to take this crap lying down. People like Michelle Maxian wouldn’t hesitate to bring lawsuits to thwart efforts by prosecutors to “seize control” of the system and hold public defenders hostage. The lawyers there stood up in courtrooms and refused to be made into the prosecution’s puppets.

      In other words, they fought back. They raised the issues, they fought the issues, they made problems for judges and prosecutors, and they weren’t afraid that anybody wouldn’t “like” them. They were not going to let any prosecutorial policy dictate what rights defendants would get and what rights they wouldn’t.

      Ironically, the backlash in Nassau reflects the culture of excuses, hand-wringing and cowardice that ends in the opposite result, and the ones crying about it are the ones who just can’t admit they’re a big bunch of cowards who are selling out their clients to “get along,” as if that’s the end game of indigent defense. Calling them out infuriates them, as they indulge in the self-serving belief that the lies they tell themselves to excuse their failures are true, and they blame the messenger because they hate the message.

      1. MoButterMoBetta

        I really enjoyed Ken rip Nassau County Legal Aid Society management a new asshole in part 1 and I can’t wait to read part 2. Perhaps we could crowdfund a 55 gallon drum of lube for the Nassau County Legal Aid Society bigwigs.

        [Ed. Note: Link deleted per rules. No more links.]

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