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Thu, 09/10/2020

The Defenders For All campaign is a coalition of immigrant leaders, community organizations, and legal service providers that support the creation of a fully funded immigration unit within the Cook County Public Defender’s Office (CCPD) to protect immigrants against deportation.


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Tue, 08/11/2020

Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli talks about the repercussions for looters in Chicago.


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Tue, 08/11/2020

Cook County Public Defender, Amy Campanelli speaks about the lawsuit against the City of Chicago for Denying Access to Counsel to Those in Police Custody.


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Fri, 08/07/2020

Cook County Public Defender, Amy Campanelli discusses the new 'restorative justice' court aims to offer more productive alternative to jail.


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Fri, 07/24/2020

Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli addresses budget issues with the Cook County Board on 7/22/2020.


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Mon, 07/13/2020

Head of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Amy Campanelli, discusses holding CPD accountable and a lawsuit her office is filing against the City of Chicago.


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Tue, 06/23/2020

The suit filed by the Cook County public defenders office and several activist groups accuses the Chicago Police Department of a “long record” of denying these rights to arrestees.


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Mon, 06/08/2020

Lawyers from the Cook County public defender office led a Black Lives Matter march around the Leighton Criminal Courthouse and jail facility Monday afternoon.

The march was part of a nationwide public defenders protest coordinated by the San Diego office.

Assistant Public Defender Takenya Nixon said she and other Chicago lawyers and residents — the crowd had swelled to several hundred by its conclusion — were motivated to participate for two reasons.


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Mon, 06/08/2020

“There are too many people who just take the words of the officers and do not listen to the accused,” public defender Ashley Shambley told marchers.


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Fri, 06/05/2020

Former President Barack Obama urged American mayors to take action at the local level to heal relations between police departments and black communities in a virtual town hall Wednesday. Cook County public defender Amy Campanelli joined Good Day with some insight on what that should look like.


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Mon, 05/18/2020

The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender has received numerous calls in recent weeks from individuals who were contacted by someone claiming to be an attorney from our office and soliciting money in exchange for providing legal representation to those individuals’ loved ones. Please be advised that this is a scam and any such calls should be reported to a local law enforcement agency. Under no circumstances would anyone from the Cook County Public Defender’s Office ask for payment of any kind for legal representation.

If you or someone that you know is arrested in Cook County, you are entitled to have an attorney from our office represent you at the police station for FREE. You can call us toll free at (844) 817 – 4448, to have an attorney come to a police station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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Thu, 05/07/2020
Denying family contact, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a horrible misplaced priority. It should not be part of our state’s policy.
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Mon, 04/13/2020

AT ISSUE: Amy Campanelli, Public Defender 4/12/2020

AT ISSUE ON WBBM NEWSRADIO
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH
Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli says the Court system has adjusted pretty well to the restrictions dictated by the Coronavirus pandemic, but she still has some concerns. Craig Dellimore reports.


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