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Courts Must Uphold Dignity and Impartiality, Not Tolerate Threats to Public Defenders
The criminal legal system suffers when jurists fail to maintain decorum in the courtroom, fail to offer and demand respect for the parties and the process, and conduct themselves in a manner that projects favoritism for one party and outright disdain for the other. A permissive atmosphere to threats against public officials leads to more threats, more harassment, and more violence.