County Public Defender
Universal primary (all voters vote)

William “Bill” Abramson

  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • BA Political Science, Antioch College
    • Recent Job: Criminal and Traffic Defense, 1995-Present

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    Last updated: Aug. 23, 2016. Details.

    Previous races


    Circuit Court judge (2008)

    Other Political Experience

  • Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee (1999-2005)
  • Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee (2011-2012)
  • Have you ever handled a capital felony case?
    Is it important for the elected Public Defender to appear in court representing clients rather than acting only as an administrator?
    Administrative position. That's the pholosophical difference I have with my opponent.
    Are you a good administrator? What skills do you have to manage the equivalent of a $16.8 million law firm?
    Yes. I have personally represented more clients than any lawyer in palm beach county history. Over 50000 clients since 1995.
    Has the Florida Legislature properly funded the Public Defender’s office?
    Of course not I will never use that as an excuse. I will make the best of the budget.
    Should the public defender and the state attorney work together in some matters?
    Not on particular cases but the mutual respect is important and the lines of communication must be open. My opponent is not respected by the state attorney's office.

    Competitors for this race

    Carey Haughwout

    - incumbent -

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