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July 5, 1988 | MYRNA OLIVER
Nationally, fewer than 10% of criminal defendants are financially able to hire their own attorneys. A handful act as their own lawyers. The rest are represented by publicly paid lawyers--either government public defenders or private attorneys appointed by the court. Los Angeles County Public Defender Wilbur F. Littlefield said his office regularly represents 70% to 75% of all criminal defendants. In the last fiscal year, his 521 deputies handled 338,476 cases.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1988 | MYRNA OLIVER
Nationally, fewer than 10% of criminal defendants are financially able to hire their own attorneys. A handful act as their own lawyers. The rest are represented by publicly paid lawyers--either government public defenders or private attorneys appointed by the court. Los Angeles County Public Defender Wilbur F. Littlefield said his office regularly represents 70% to 75% of all criminal defendants. In the last fiscal year, his 521 deputies handled 338,476 cases.
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