'Fake Lawyer' might not lead to overturned convictions, says real lawyer

Chris Miller
June 25, 2019 - 12:03 pm

So what now in the case of the public defense attorney who may not be an actual attorney? In addition to an investigation by local authorities, Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says every case that Ashley Crawford handled is going to get reviewed.

"Dissected, like an autopsy, to see whether or not she provided ineffective assistance of counsel," Ciolino said of the examination those cases will get. But he said it's not automatic that convictions will get overturned.

"The vast majority of the cases this woman handled were DOA," Ciolino told WWL's Tommy Tucker. "There was nothing you could do to them to make them any better."

In other words, some of these defendants wouldn't have had a chance even if they had O.J. Simpson's defense team.

"Even though she wasn't a lawyer when she was pretending to be one, these cases aren't going to be reversed," according to Ciolino.

Ciolino said there have been cases in other jurisdictions where public defenders have slept through trials, and the courts have ruled that it's tough luck for the defendant.

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