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The Public Defender television series aired between 1954 and 1955 in the United States. During this period, public defenders appeared in courtrooms in some states on a very limited basis to assist impoverished defendants by providing legal representation. The television series starred Reed Hadley as public defender Bart Matthews. Guest stars appearing in the popular series included actors Richard Jaekel, Richard Deacon, Charles Bronson and Hugh Beaumont. The late actress Natalie Wood also appeared in a guest role. Every week the plot in the crime and courtroom drama loosely followed actual events occurring in cases involving a public defender.
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Public Defender Holt must defend a boy who stands accused of assaulting Holt's longtime friend and mentor.
A lovesick truck driver is wrongly implicated in a hijacking. Feeling sympathy for him, Matthews does all he can to prove the man's innocence.
Law enforcement agencies from the U.S. and Mexico join forces after the public defenders' office uncovers a car theft ring that is connected to drug trafficking.
Matthews enters the strange, dark world of carnival sideshows when an exotic carny worker is charged with grand theft.