John Oliver: If You're Relying on Your Public Defender 'You're F*cked'

John Oliver took aim at the public defender system on last night's epidose of Last Week Tonight, citing the example of Fresno where defenders work on over 1,000 cases a year.


“With caseloads that heavy, public defenders cannot possibly prepare an effective defense,” said Oliver. “A study in New Orleans, a few years back, found the city had some part-time defenders who could only spend an average of seven minutes per case. And that is not long enough to prepare anything. If I only had seven minutes to prepare this show, I would definitely not be talking about public defenders right now. I’d be desperately trying to fill time right now by listing the Muppets in order of f*ckability.”

You can watch a video of the segment below.

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