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To the editor in chief: In the March 24 issue, Legal Times inaccurately characterized my comment about a D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure decision resulting from the detention of a Public Defender Service lawyer during her representation of a client [" Stepped Back," Page 4]. The comment I provided to Legal Times was as follows, “PDS is pleased with the Commission’s decision to take the rare step of making its resolution of this matter public. When a judge deprives a lawyer of her liberty in the course of representing a client, that action threatens zealous advocacy in Superior Court. The vindication of [Liyah] Brown and Judge [John] Bayly [Jr.]‘s public regret concerning his conduct are important steps to assuring the legal community that they can fully represent their clients’ interests.” The distinction between being pleased with a resolution and cheering a decision, as Legal Times reported, is an important one. PDS views the detention of any lawyer with utmost concern and appreciates the manner in which the commission made its decision and Judge Bayly’s concurrence that the decision be made public. Legal Times, above other publications, should be sensitive to the care given to word selection within the legal profession. Julia Leighton General Counsel Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

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