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The Criminal Justice Clinic works with the Public Defender’s Office to provide representation to indigent criminal defendants. Cases, petitions and appeals range the full gamut, from protecting the rights of prisoners to representing defendants charged with domestic abuse, pornography, drug possession, robbery, murder and more. The Clinic recently represented a prisoner of Turkish origin in his petition against the Israeli Prison Service, which refused him access to Turkish-language books because the staff had no way of checking content. The Service reversed its decision and allowed the prisoner to have books. The Clinic is currently representing two demonstrators who were arrested and indicted for obstructing an on-duty officer and escaping custody. The Clinic argument: the small number of participants did not warrant a police permit; therefore, the police had no authority to block the march that gave rise to the incident; therefore, the defendants' actions were legal. All parties are awaiting the hearing.


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