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View from around the state: Ozanne made us think as much as listen

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne speaks during a news conference at the Dane County Public Safety Building in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Ozanne said during the appearance that Madison police officer Matt Kenny would not face charges in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson in March. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

In a moment that would have challenged even the most capable person, he shined under intense pressure with humanity and grace. And in the process, Dane County's district attorney helped our community begin to understand the facts it so desperately sought for two months in the fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson. Ismael Ozanne made us think as much as he made us listen Tuesday.

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Attorneys must be given resources to defend criminals


“The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours,” announced the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 in first determining that the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution requires states to provide lawyers to the indigent accused facing a potential loss of liberty in a felony case.

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