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Harris County juvenile judges and private attorneys accused of cronyism: “Everybody wins but the kids”

A handful of private lawyers represent an enormous number of poor kids in Harris County's juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Meanwhile, the county's public defenders say they aren't getting enough work.

Houston attorney Oliver Sprott pauses to look into the camera before walking into a courtroom at Harris County Juvenile Just…
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Houston attorney Gary M. Polland heads into the courtroom at Harris County Juvenile Justice Center on Oct. 25, 2018.

A local political battle

"Children come up to me and ask who their attorneys are"

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