Oregon’s federal public defender, has created a crack legal team to follow the rule of law, even fighting for those accused of terrorism

By Julie Sullivan, The Oregonian  – Published: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:00 PM Since he arrived in Oregon 28 years ago, Wax has battled the government that pays his salary to ensure that people accused of federal crimes, but who cannot afford an attorney, receive a fair trial. His position — that no person and no place, not even Guantanamo, is outside the law — has vaulted his team from quiet, homogenous Portland onto the world stage on terror issues. In 2004 the FBI exulted that  it had arrested Beaverton attorney Brandon Mayfield in connection with the Madrid train bombings. Wax’s team advocated for Mayfield’s freedom until the government admitted it misidentified a fingerprint. They had the wrong man. The federal government later apologized and paid Mayfield $2 million.  Wax preaches the same relentless approach for all cases. [More: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/06/steven_t_wax_oregons_federal_p.html ]

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Oregon’s federal public defender, has created a crack legal team to follow the rule of law, even fighting for those accused of terrorism