10 January OPD Supporting National Guilty Plea Campaign January 10, 2017 By Beth Kuypers General OPD, National, Guilty, Plea, Campaign 0 Of the 337 people who have been exonerated by DNA nationwide, nearly 10 percent had pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit. OPD and our Wrongful Conviction Project are participating in a national effort to raise awareness of this phenomenon, and to take the first steps in fixing the problem, the Guilty Plea Campaign. Follow OPD on Facebook and Twitter, and the Wrongful Conviction Project on Twitter to learn more about the Campaign. Related Office of the Ohio Public Defender - New Website Welcome to the Office of the Ohio Public Defender’s new website! Our old website served its purpose well for some time, but did not fully reflect the true nature of our agency’s work and commitment to our mission. And while it contained a wealth of information, it lacked the cohesive and organized structure it once had. So we decided to renovate our website to better demonstrate our commitment to serving our clients and improving indigent defense; enhancing the user experience; and ensuring that the website’s content is organized and accessible. 50th Anniversary of In re Gault: Proposed Juvenile Rule Change May 15th, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1. In conjunction with this celebration, the Children’s Law Center, ACLU of Ohio, and Ohio Public Defender are requesting an amendment to Ohio Juvenile Rule of Procedure 3 to strengthen a child’s right to counsel. Read more about the proposed amendment, the amendment itself, a letter of support for the amendment from the National Juvenile Defender Center, and some statistics on the problem this rule aims to fix. Read on to learn more about the Gault decision. Contract Attorney Opportunity - Jackson County The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking an experienced attorney to act as an independent contractor to provide legal representation to indigent clients upon court appointment in Jackson County from Dec. 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Comments are closed.