As a public defender, you come across clients that need more help than as an attorney you can provide. I have a client that was college educated, served in our military, raised a family, and been all round a good man. Due to exposure to chemicals in the military and at his work place (and possible family history), my client’s mind has deteriorated into a world of chaos and paranoia. I feel that he is incompetent. I am pursuing this in the courts. Yet, his family is without the financial resources to bond him out and to provide him the medical help that he needs. So, he sits in our county jail. Each day that he sits there, he loses another small piece of his sanity. While I am doing my best to expedite the process concerning his possible incompetence plea, it feels so damn inadequate.