L.A. County Public Defenders Protest Newly Appointed Boss, Saying She’s Unqualified

More than 150 deputy public defenders gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to protest what they say is an existential threat to the office: their new boss.

From left to right, deputy public defenders Jan Datomi and Susan Roe hold up signs protesting their new interim boss, Nichole Davis Tinkham, as they and other attorneys in the office say Tinkham is not qualified for the job. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

From left to right, deputy public defenders Jan Datomi and Susan Roe hold up signs protesting their new interim boss, Nichole Davis Tinkham, as they and other attorneys in the office say Tinkham is not qualified for the job. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

The lawyers chanted and wore “RESIST” T-shirts. They held signs reading “CLIENTS FIRST” and “We need a leader who knows Miranda, not HR propaganda.”

Last month, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors appointed Nicole Davis Tinkham as interim public defender — the latest in a yearlong string of temporary appointments. The decision disturbed many within the office, who say Tinkham, who has never tried a criminal case, is woefully unqualified.

“Leadership without experience in the field is a recipe for disaster,” said Deputy Public Defender Timothy McDermott.

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