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June 2007 , Page 38 

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Public Service Deserves Public Support

By Karen J. Mathis, Martin S. Pinales

As leaders of the nation’s primary associations of criminal law attorneys, representing both the prosecution and defense functions, we share a common interest in the efficacy and fairness of our criminal justice system. We may not always agree on the best way to achieve these broad goals, but there are issues to which we readily speak with one voice. Today we come together to stress our deep concern that low wages paid prosecutors and public defenders are undermining our criminal justice system and public confidence therein. This is why we are united in our enthusiastic support for the John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2007.

Introduced in both chambers of Congress, this bipartisan legislation would help jurisdictions across the country attract and retain qualified lawyers in public defender and prosecutor offices. Named for the late John Reid Justice of South Carolina, a former president of the National District Attorneys Associati

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