David Plowden, Assistant Federal Public Defender, in the Greenville office, which handles cases arising in 14 Upstate counties, will speak to the Upstate S.C. Chapter of Sisters in Crime on March 3.
What do mystery/legal thriller authors get wrong in their descriptions of the criminal justice system? If you were a public defender in a federal courtroom, whom might you cross paths with on any given day? What backgrounds do the defendants have? What charges do they face? How do defendants view their odds in court? David knows the answers to these questions and many, many more.
Mystery readers and writers—women and men—are welcome at all Sisters in Crime meetings. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at The Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd, Greenville, S.C. Be there at 6:15 p.m. to meet Mr. Plowden and enjoy the chapter fellowship. Supper should be served at 6:30. David's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Both the dinner and the meeting are open to the public.
Plowden is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar the same year. After serving the Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr. as law clerk on a one-year appointment, he served as Deputy Solicitor for Oconee County and acted as a part-time public defender in Oconee County. Then, Plowden was appointed by the court as an Assistant Federal Public Defender (AFPD). He represents defendants who are charged with federal crimes in counties served by the Greenville Office and who cannot afford an attorney. The Federal Public Defender has four offices in the state: Columbia, Charleston, Florence, and Greenville.