Blog of Rights


Michigan’s Crumbling Public Defense System Continues to Lock Up Innocent People

By Arlene Gilbert, Racial Justice Program at 4:58pm
Frederick Mardlin is a 32-year old married father of three who spent three years in jail for a crime that he did not commit. He was wrongfully convicted of burning down his house to collect the insurance. His court-appointed public defense attorney was unable to obtain the funds to retain an electrical expert to testify at his trial. That expert could have testified that the fire was not set intentionally but caused by faulty wiring.
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