April 16


For poor defendants, the wheel spins once more

Illustration by Jeremiah TeutschIllustration by Jeremiah TeutschIt’s well after 3 p.m. on a Wednesday in late March, and the conference room in the new Bexar County annex is numbingly cold. The third-floor picture windows let the plaster cowboy on the old Kallison’s Western Wear building across the street draw a bead on the occupants. The young attorney in front of the presentation screen would probably welcome the backup. It’s the sixth meeting of the Bexar County Indigent Task Force, and Joseph Hoelscher has volunteered for the thankless task of would-be reformer. Listening to the tenor of the attorneys and judges in the room, you’d think he was proposing throwing over the entire western legal system in favor of Sharia.

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