Jose Martinez, Aurora's interim chief public defender, on Friday Nov. 18, 2016 at Aurora Municipal Court.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

This change, which jeopardizes case integrity and actual fair-trial justice, is for no good reason. It doesn’t save the city any money. It doesn’t improve defenses. And it arguably will create a huge legal expense as civil rights organizations line up to sue, and then individual defendants win expensive appeals, in the unlikely case this change is actually enacted