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Episode: 868-064 Public Defender

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The Public Defender was a half-hour 69-episode television dramatic series starring Reed Hadley (1911-1974) as Bart Matthews, an attorney for the indigent. The series aired on CBS from March 11, 1954 to June 23, 1955, a season and a half.

When this series was created by Mort R. Lewis and Sam Shayon, the concept of the public defender was little known in the United States except in capital cases. A 1932 United States Supreme Court decision Powell v. Alabama clarified the need for public defenders for suspects accused of crimes which if convicted might lead to execution. The use of public defenders was broadened in 1962 in another high court case, Gideon v. Wainwright to include public defenders for all suspects charged with any level of felony, a broadening of the Powell ruling. The Public Defender purportedly based each episode on true cases, and each segment closes with a tribute to a public defender. Hadley portrays the stoic but driven public defender Bart Matthews, whose clients cannot otherwise afford expensive legal representation.

The series was filmed by Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California. The Public Defender aired at 10 pm ET on Thursdays from March to June 1954, having preceded the quiz show Place the Face, hosted by Jack Bailey and then Bill Cullen. From September 1954 to June 1955, The Public Defender ran opposite Kraft Television Theater on ABC and Lux Video Theatre on NBC. The police drama The Telltale Clue aired on CBS in the Thursday 10pm time slot from July 18 to September 23, 1954. From July to September 1954, it aired at 9 p.m. Mondays.

In the 1951-1953 seasons, Hadley had starred as the fictional Captain John Braddock of San Francisco in Racket Squad, which was narrated by Hugh Beaumont. Similar to The Public Defender is the 1954-1956 NBC legal drama Justice, starring Dane Clark and Gary Merrill.

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