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50th year for an 'American right': Public defenders not always appreciated by public, those they defend

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GRAND FORKS -- Being a court-appointed, taxpayer-funded lawyer for criminal defendants can be a tough gig, said Ted Sandberg.

But it's better than it used to be in North Dakota and it actually serves justice, despite the dismal odds of winning a case or the love of the public, which pays for such defenders, he said.

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