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Shirk Finds Himself in Familiar Position

Public Defender Matt Shirk finds himself in a familiar position – on the wrong end of a lawsuit.  According to the TU, a former client’s family hired Shirk just after he was elected as Public Defender to defend their son.  Evidently, the family is now suing Shirk because he refused to refund payments made to him after he did minimal work on the son’s case.

My question is why would you take on a new case just after you’re elected as Public Defender, when you know you only have 6 weeks to work on it? 

Of course, I’m still wondering why Shirk’s name and face are still on an Illinois law firm’s webpage?


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