Public defender David Feige is contributing a series of stories to take us inside the court system and tell us what he's seen.
Mired in Misdemeanors
June 8, 2004
The recent arrest of a Queens man for a string of sexual assaults on the Upper East Side has intensified the debate about recidivists in the criminal justice system.
May 19, 2004
Earlier, I a mentioned a prostitute I called Latosha, she had just pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance, and prostitution.
May 18, 2004
Just before Christmas eve, I celebrated an unusual anniversary with a client I'll call Latosha. It happened during night court. Most years, there aren't that many arrests in the days just before Christmas, But for some reason, this year was different.
May 11, 2004
If you were to wander into Bronx criminal court on almost any weekday, one of the first things you'd notice is the people--it's crowded. Hundreds and hundreds of them milling around looking for their lawyers, courtrooms or loved ones.
May 4, 2004
It was nearly 11:30, and night court was in full swing when I sat down with a 17 year old kid I'll call Sam, my 24th case of the night and my fifth fare-beater.
David Feige is a public defender and Soros Justice Media Fellow.