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GALESBURG -- A public defender has been appointed for a Knoxville man charged with 15 counts of possession of child porn. Jerald R. Turner, 47, Eiker Drive in Knoxville, made a court appearance Monday afternoon before Circuit Judge Raymond Cavanaugh when the counsel decision was made.
A victim of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is asking that lawyers on both sides be removed from the Nikolas Cruz case, due to their offices' cooperation with the PROMISE Program. Alex Arreaza, the attorney for 15-year-old Stoneman Douglas student Anthony Borges, ...

The study had two purposes, according to Melissa Rothstein, director of policy and development for the Office of the Public Defender. The Public Defender's office wanted to gather data on bail review outcomes since a new rule on the procedure went into effect July 1. They also wanted to inform the public ... Maryland
State police say a retired investigator for the state public defender's office intimidated a witness, implying that she and her daughter would be in danger if she testified against a jailed member of a notorious gang. Donald Light, 81, is accused of intimidation of a witness, a felony, and criminal impersonation, ...
It has taken on new urgency now, however, as L.A. County deputy public defenders rebel against the appointment of their interim leader, Nicole Davis Tinkham, because of her lack of experience in criminal law. They plan to protest outside downtown's Clara Shortridge Foltz courthouse on Monday, the 54th ...
A report released Monday by the Mississippi Public Defender Task Force found that public defenders in Mississippi don't receive sufficient resources to carry out their duties and a lack of state oversight creates disparity in legal representation. Additionally, the study determined it would be most cost efficient ...

Nearly eight of those individuals were represented by the public defenders, according to data from the Merced County public defender's Office. But without Clarence Earl Gideon's fight 55 years ago against a Florida court system, those Merced County defendants might fight for their freedom without the help ...
Child sex abuse cases often involve more expert testimony and more forensic exams and interviews than other cases, Deputy Public Defender Andrew Woolf said. On a recent child sex abuse case, Woolf spent 160 hours from the beginning of the case to the jury trial, he said. That case required more time ...
McCune helped recognize Sunday as National Public Defender Day, celebrating a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that required states provide attorneys to criminal defendants who can't afford it. Public defenders are among the most dedicated and skilled criminal defense lawyers inside of a ...
Fulton County Public Defender J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr. announced in February that he is seeking the Republican nomination for Fulton County Family Court judge. By DUSTEN RADER Express Editor. JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Public Defender J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr. announced in February that he is ...
Minnehaha County public defenders and state's attorneys are carrying a heavy caseload and are worried about lawyer burnout. Wochit ... The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office filed a motion last week to be dismissed from the Aguilar-Romero case, citing a lack of attorneys able to handle another ...
Tonight on WBOI presents, we'll be broadcasting a panel discussion examining the public defender system in Indiana, and the panel was moderated by WBOI's Rebecca Green. Who funds the public defender system? If you're arrested and need a public defender, what does that process look like?
At a Texas Public Radio forum, incumbent District Attorney Nico LaHood (shown a different event) misspoke about his role — because there was none — in forming a public defenders office. Photo: Darren Abate /For The Express-News. Image 2 of 59. Click through the slides to learn more about the Bexar ...
Three weeks before the trial is scheduled to begin for a man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque police officer, his public defenders have been ... A New Mexico judge ruled Friday that the Law Offices of the Public Defender can no longer defend Davon Lymon, who is charged with killing Officer ...
Lewis Bennett, the man accused of killing his wife during their honeymoon getaway in the Caribbean, will be represented by the Federal Public Defender's Office now that he has been charged with murder, a Miami judge ruled Monday. Bennett, 40, is serving seven months in prison after pleading guilty in a ...
A former Navy JAG officer, Williams, 62, began in 1981 in local private practice before being named the county's first public defender. He twice ran unsuccessfully for district attorney — against his former law partner Edward Sharkey in the General Election and against Lori Rieman in a Republican primary.
Michael Barrett, director of the Missouri State Public Defender office, told the House budget committee last week that private attorneys charge between $200 and $500 an hour to handle cases, with the less-common serious crimes more expensive than cases such as low-level felonies and misdemeanors.

Some motorists in Louisiana receive a flyer in the mail after they get a ticket, allowing them to take an online course and pay a fee in exchange for having the ticket dropped. Local district attorneys can keep the money raised by these traffic diversion programs, but one has decided to share some of the ...
Blair — who is based in Albuquerque and supervises public defenders in 11 offices across the state — did not respond to messages requesting an interview with him about the allegations, but he said in an email: “I state as I have from the beginning: I strongly deny any inappropriate contact with either of ...
In Yates County Criminal Court Tuesday, March 6, Judge Jason Lee Cook made clear his displeasure with the county's former Public Defender, Edward Brockman, and the handling of recent cases by his office. Brockman, 70, was not reappointed to the Public Defender position after being accused of ...
Public Defender Jeff Adachi penned a letter to Herrera on Jan. 18 urging him to withdraw seven “draconian” gang injunctions Herrera obtained in court against 139 black and Latino men between 2007 and 2011. The injunctions restrict the suspected gang members from wearing certain clothing, loitering at ...
Berrien is not alone, as many local governments have been asked to resubmit financial requests that are being drafted and reviewed for the first time. Chief Public Defender Carl Macpherson reported that the compliance plan submitted to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission to meet the first four new ...
The Kohrs couldn't afford a high-priced defense attorney and turned to a public defender. The first PD assigned to Deven quit before meeting him. Deven said his next public defender didn't return calls and didn't meet with him. Doug and Mary say Deven told them both that he approached the public ...
Vaughn investigation could swamp public defenders office. By James Dawson • Feb 22, 2017. With all inmates housed in Building C the night of the deadly hostage crisis earlier this month still considered suspects by state police, the Delaware public defender's office says it could be strapped for lawyers.
The state's top public defender says Gov. John Carney's proposed budget would not give his office enough money to handle the Vaughn prison riot cases and a slew of other upcoming criminal trials involving multiple defendants. "These people, who are charged with a crime, are presumed innocent," Chief ...
The Gage County Public Defender's Office reported that criminal cases in 2017 were on par with the 10-year average for the county. ... Compared to 2016, public defenders handled 10 fewer felony cases, one additional misdemeanor case, three more juvenile cases, six additional miscellaneous cases and ...
After another candidate dropped out of the race to unseat Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, veteran defense attorney Dean Johansson started making calls. He's now Reisig's main opponent. Reisig has run unopposed since 2006. Johansson has been a public defender in the same county since ...
A social worker has been added to the public defender's office in Missoula with the goal of directing clients charged with low-level theft to available community services. The idea is that once the clients receive mental health evaluations, chemical dependency or other medical treatment or assistance with ...
I write to explain why a pay increase for private attorneys who accept State Public Defender case appointments is important for all of us. As an attorney with the SPD's Appellate Division, it is my honor to be able to go to work every day to defend not only my clients, but also the Constitution. I am also an ...
Instead, public defenders should focus on defending their clients, Phillips said, pointing out that public defenders had not made an appearance in the case on which the suit is based. Greene County is one of five counties across the state in which Mueller has filed suits regarding this issue. Mueller's client ...
The Chief Defenders Association of New York held their lobby day and they are looking at Governor Cuomo's criminal justice reform proposals. Cuomo is calling for $50 million to help counties provide counsel and support caseload relief, among other things. Joining us to explain why this amount of funding ...
BILLINGS – The state is implementing a program aimed at reducing the social and economic stresses that can lead people to commit crimes. A social worker has been added to the public defender's office in Missoula with the goal of directing clients charged with low-level theft to available community ...
Freeborn says that in order to deal with the smaller budget, the public defender's office has frozen pay increases for employees. And starting March 1, it will reduce how much it pays outside investigators, attorneys, and other support staff in defense cases, by about 10 percent. Public defenders contract out ...
Lancaster County Public Defender Joe Nigro has announced his re-election campaign for a second four-year term. ... In his second term, Nigro said he hopes to “maintain the high quality of legal representation by the public defender's office while ending the criminalization of poverty by working to end the ...
But while the public defenders are busy self-reporting their own success, some believe that the office is far from a divine intervention. In fact, many of the citizens of Berrien County have been outright bamboozled by this idea of a new government agency called the public defender's office. The powers that so ...
But Orange County routinely collects $750,000 to $950,000 more per year than Broward for its public defender's office. “The public defenders take it upon themselves to reach out to their clients to get them to pay the amounts due,” said Dain Weister, spokesman for the Orange County Clerk of Courts.
In the past, many defendants in Steuben were defended on the same set of charges by separate public defenders in municipal and county courts. Now, where possible, a defendant is “vertically” represented by the same public defender from arraignment in a municipality through the disposition of the case ...
Just like they did during their last meeting of 2017, the Knox County Public Defender Board moved quickly through a sparse agenda at their first gathering of 2018. ... Additionally, Jewel told the board that a sign-in sheet for the county's public defenders has been implemented at the Knox County Jail.
From there, Johansson worked for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office and in private practice for 10 years before joining the Yolo County Public Defender's Office in 2007. He is a recipient of the Courage Award from the Council on American-Islamic ...
“The county almost destroyed the public defender's office last year with a spectacularly unqualified hire,” said Sylvia De Rooy, a member of the local chapter's board of directors, referencing the county's hiring of now former Public Defender David Marcus. “It took a whole year to rectify the mistake. Defending ...
Tuesday's decision is the latest move by supervisors to find someone to run the agency — the oldest public defender's office in the nation — which has been without a permanent leader for more than a year since Ron Brown stepped down at the end of 2016. Deputy public defenders represent an array of ...
Public defender William Snowden provided detailed examples of these off-color discussions in a six-page letter he sent to the state Public Defender Commission earlier this month. In the letter, he also accuses members of management of engaging in unprofessional, violent and illegal behavior, including ...
Under the proposal, Torgerson Law Offices and Oliver & Sitterud will equally divide the district court caseload, resulting in an allocation of cases that is more in line with national recommendations for public defenders, rather than a single attorney handling a “crushing” caseload of at least 350 felonies ...
He drove a wedge in the ongoing issue of who should pay for public defenders in municipal courts by pulling his staff off municipal court cases. Saxon, whose daughter is a public defender in the 14th Judicial Circuit, said the staff loved Hood and that he was a good administrator. Stone said his job as ...
The psychology professor accused of firing shots at motorists along Interstate 80 earlier this month has been denied a public defender. The Davenport Public Defender's Office has been given permission to withdraw from the Charles Johnston case and a substitute counsel has been appointed for now.
Thomas Krzyminski, director of the public defender's office, did not respond to multiple calls and emails seeking comment. He instead directed inquiries to county human resources officials, who did not respond to interview requests. A records request for public defenders' office emails turned up no mention ...
Baur, though, says the law as it is interpreted now requires and does not give public defenders a choice about which cases they take on. If jail time is a possible sanction and the defendant is poor enough, a public defender must take it. The financial threshold for clients is 150 percent of the federal poverty ...
“I've been a quilter for about ten years,” said Chief Cheryl Milton with the Mental Health Division of Bibb County's Public Defenders Office. “I'm a public defender, so I have a very stressful job. I love it, but it's stressful.” It's the community stresses of homelessness and mental illness that turned this relaxing ...
PORT ANGELES — A one-year $1.25 million public defender contract covering indigent defendants was approved by county commissioners this week in light of plans by District Court 1 Judge Rick Porter to reduce misdemeanor caseloads — and thus, court costs — by changing how arrestable cases are ...
An Owatonna-based public defender is among three candidates recommended to Gov Mark Dayton to fill a judgeship in Faribault. The Commission on Judicial Selection is recommending the candidates to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota's 3rd Judicial District, which includes Waseca County.


 

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