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In Court Without an Attorney, an Increasingly Common Sight

Zontell Junior, 15, was escorted in for his preliminary hearing and after a few minutes was escorted out again because he had not been assigned a public defender. It could be months before a defendant is assigned an attorney — not just in Racine but across the state. Situations like Zontell’s are why the class-action suit against the state of Wisconsin is so important.


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