National Review

Opinion: Public Defenders Shouldn’t Be Forced to Support a Union’s Anti-Israeli Speech

April 18, 2024

(National Review)—No one should be forced to pay money to an organization that advocates for points of view that they find deeply offensive. For example, a Jewish person shouldn’t be forced to pay for an organization that advocates ideas that he or she considers antisemitic. That’s the situation that Arnold Levine and Allen Popper, longtime public defenders in New York City, find themselves in.

Arnold and Allen have both long represented criminal defendants who are unable to afford their own defense attorneys, a job that is extremely difficult and often thankless, involves long hours, and can be emotionally and psychologically draining…

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