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Judge Jennifer Gardiner appointed lawyers who work for Oregon Public Defense Services to represent 16 clients facing misdemeanor and felony allegations on June 2, 3 and 6, records show. She made the appointments during each defendant’s arraignment.

A judge in Marion County escalated the state’s pitched battle over the lack of public defenders by appointing – by name – lawyers from Oregon’s indigent defense agency, most who have limited or in some cases no trial experience, to represent clients.