Derek Roe of the public defender's office

October 1, 2010 | 12:33 a.m. CDT
Derek Roe, assistant public defender in the Columbia public defender's office, looks through files in his office on East Walnut Street on Thursday. Roe said the cleanliness of his desk space is always one of the first things to be sacrificed when he gets busy.

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