Here's an interesting Op-Ed from the New York Times, Free-Market Justice.
Morris B. Hoffman is a Colorado state trial judge who cooperated with two economists to analyze whether defendants represented by private attorneys fare better than those represented by public defenders.
Are the results surprising? I guess you can decide for yourself.
Another conclusion was that criminal defendants are more likely to retain private attorneys when facing more serious charges. The economists conclude that defendants perform a cost-benefit analysis, and decide that it is worthwhile to hire an attorney when they are facing a long prison sentence, but not worth the money when they are facing probation or a relatively short sentence.
Interesting article, and I'd be interested in reading the full study. Check it out.
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