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Fred Friedman cleans out his office in the Alworth Building on Tuesday afternoon. The state’s senior chief public defender, Friedman retires Monday after more than 40 years of service to the public defender’s office in Duluth. (Steve Kuchera /

Friedman retiring after 28 years as region’s chief public defender

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A criminal defense lawyer for more than 40 years, Fred Friedman has no choice in the cases his office takes on. From misdemeanors to murders, he’s expected to do it all.


And that’s just the way he likes it.

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