LA County Board of Supervisors remove Interim Public Defender Nicole Davis Tinkham.
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To Our Partners in the Struggle:
We , the Lawyers of the Resistance are demanding the removal of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ (BOS) appointee Nicole Davis Tinkham as interim Public Defender.
Sharing the goals of our community, we speak for the disenfranchised, we want to end mass incarceration, protect the Dreamers and our undocumented neighbors, and ensure smooth reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Ms. Tinkham does not share our goals.
Ms. Tinkham has not demonstrated commitment to our client base. In contrast, she has represented the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department several times in misconduct claims against vulnerable members of our community and she intends to return to that post after the close of this “interim” position. She has never practiced criminal law and is completely unqualified for this position. Ms. Tinkham does not understand the spirit and commitment necessary to speak on behalf of Los Angeles County’s most underserved and misunderstood constituents. The public defender is the living embodiment of the 6th amendment’s constitutional guarantee of representation for any person charged with a crime. We protect the rights of the most marginalized amongst us. The person who holds the title of The Public Defender must recognize the honor and purpose of that position.
Criminal justice reform is the pinnacle civil rights issue of our time. We are experiencing a period of sweeping changes in how society views rehabilitation and how it prevents recidivism. Attorneys in our office have been instrumental in changing legislation for California from Propositions 47, 57, and 64 to mandating a legal consult before juveniles are interrogated by the police. We desperately want to continue the reform movement.
We need a leader who can carry the plight of Los Angeles County to the national stage and continue to inspire and support the lawyers who are dedicated to this work. We are pleading with you to lend your support through signing our petition and sharing with your friends, family and community.
With your permission, we will continue to keep you informed of our efforts in the resistance through the upcoming weeks. Can we count on your support?
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