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Public Defenders

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Public Defenders

Public Defenders

Public Defenders

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It's a mainstay of American justice that everyone - rich or poor - accused of a crime has the right to a lawyer. Now, an Illinois appeals court has ruled that even people who can't afford their own lawyer - and who are appointed a public defender - have the right to sue them for malpractice. And surprise: even some public defenders think that's not a bad idea. NPR's David Welna reports.