Former public defender files suit against county

Former public defender files suit against county
 A former Delaware County public defender has filed a civil rights suit against the county in federal court, claiming he was wrongly terminated from his position for failing to encourage defendants to take plea bargains.

Joseph E. De Ritis is seeking $2 million in damages and reinstatement to Public Defender’s Office on a trial team, as well as interest, legal fees and any other relief the court deems proper.

According to the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, De Ritis was hired as a public defender in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in 2005 and spent 18 months in the preliminary hearing unit before moving up to juvenile court in 2007.

He “graduated” to a trial team in the court of Judge Gregory Mallon in late 2010, where he remained until June 2012, when the director of the Public Defender’s Office, Douglas C. Roger, transferred De Ritis back to the juvenile court.

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