By Dimitri Soultogiannis
Special to the Hellenic News of America
Philadelphia, PA—Born and raised in Upper Darby, PA Spiros Angelos never thought he would ever run for judge. Spiros has lived in Delaware County for over 60 years. Today, he resides with his family in Thornbury. Spiros currently serves as the Executive Director of Public Defender’s Office of Delaware County. As the Executive Director he is responsible for the management and supervision of 53 attorneys and 22 support staff. He has held this position since 2004. Prior to becoming Executive Director he was a chief trial attorney representing clients in hearings, trials and appeals.
Spiros is a Cum Laude graduate of Widener University and a graduate of the Widener School of Law, where he was Vice Chairman of the Moot Court Honor Society. He has been practicing law in Delaware County for 32 years, having accumulated a wealth of legal and practical experience, not only as a public defender, but also as a sole civil practitioner. He has represented clients in criminal and civil trials. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee of Delaware County.
In addition to his professional credentials, Spiros has been actively involved in his community as a former member of the Thornbury Township Board of Supervisors, Township Zoning Board and Township Planning Commission. He is currently a Director of the Thornbury Township Historical Society and a member of the Lions Club of Western Delaware County. Angelos told the Hellenic News of America, it is the great team of people he works with that helped him throughout the process of running for judge. “I have an amazing team of people, working with me, and I am so great full for that,” he said. According to Angelos, Delaware County is a very unique area and he is very proud to run for judge in that particular county.
When asked about the Public Defender’s office and what exactly is it that he does Angelos said “The Public Defender’s Office provides legal assistance to persons who are accused of criminal offenses by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who cannot afford the expense of presenting a defense to the charges against them. The department employs forty-six attorneys who are supported by various paralegals, investigators, and other staff,” According to Angelos it represents several thousand clients each year who are charged with crimes ranging from traffic offenses to homicide in the District Justice Courts, the Court of Common Pleas and the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania. “In addition, the Public Defender’s Office represents young people who appear in the Juvenile Court of Delaware County, and clients charged with contempt in Family Court. The office uses the latest in computer technology and retains the services of expert witnesses in the fields if psychiatry, ballistics, medicine, etc., in the course of its work,” he added.