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How two overworked public defenders and six judges left a New Orleans man with a life sentence

Aug 28, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

In the two years Landon Quinn's trial attorneys represented him, one was handling 711 other felony cases. The other took on 543, including another time- and resource-consuming death penalty case. The National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals recommends that a public defender take no more than 150 cases per year.

Quinn, who is black, was convicted in 2011 for the 2009 robbery and murders of two white men shortly after they left a convenience store in th...