5 Ways America’s Justice System Is Designed To Screw You

You’ve heard it in 10,000 cop shows: “You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” As much as people tend to hate on lawyers, that moment when you have your face crammed into the hood of a squad car is when most decide those appointed lawyers are wonderful gifts from Heaven. These (free!) defense attorneys are called public defenders, and often they’re the only thing between you and a system that would prefer to just toss you into a cell rather than listen to a bunch of nonsense about how you didn’t actually commit a crime at all. Unfortunately, if you don’t happen to be the wealthy sort, the system is stacked against you in countless soul-crushing ways. To explain why, we sat down with a former public defender in the state of Georgia.  Read more on Cracked…