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US Attorney to hold press conference on 'public corruption investigation'
NOLA.comMarch 6, 2015

The press conference is a rare event since Polite took office as U.S. Attorney. While he has maintained a schedule of public appearances and speaking engagements since taking the post, he seldom calls for media attention, a break from the frequent ...more »

Editorial: Funding Texas' Public Integrity Unit
Dallas Morning NewsMarch 5, 2015

A House member, Republican Phil King of Weatherford, is preparing legislation that would assign responsibility for public corruption cases to the Texas Rangers' white-collar crime unit and an existing panel of administrative judges. King told this ...more »

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Company Denied Public Defender in Theme Park Shooting Case
New Jersey Law JournalMarch 31, 2015

Businesses in New Jersey with little or no assets that are appealing criminal convictions do not have the right to be represented by the Office of the Public Defender, but they could be assigned counsel from the private bar, a state appeals court has ...more »

Butte County Commissioners move to terminate public defender contract
Black Hills PioneerMarch 31, 2015

BELLE FOURCHE — Butte County Commissioners unanimously voted to terminate or revise a contract with an attorney who serves as a public defender for the county. The move was made Friday during a special meeting of the commission. The motion calls ...more »

Local attorney declares for York City judgeship
York DispatchMarch 31, 2015

A local attorney running for a York City judgeship says her experience locally as public defender and as a general practice attorney makes her uniquely qualified for the position. Kelley Courchene, 35, who said she may be better known around York by ...more »

Investigation: North shore public defender used racial to slur to refer to ...
The New Orleans AdvocateMarch 31, 2015

But during that time, morale at the office of his counterpart on the defense side — 22nd Judicial District Public Defender John Lindner — was sliding dangerously low, fueled by poor management, office strife and Lindner himself, who used an alleged ...more »

Investigation: North shore public defender used racial to slur to refer to ...
The New Orleans AdvocateMarch 31, 2015

But during that time, morale at the office of his counterpart on the defense side — 22nd Judicial District Public Defender John Lindner — was sliding dangerously low, fueled by poor management, office strife and Lindner himself, who was accused of ...more »

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Makes Stop in Warren County on Public...
WHAGMarch 30, 2015

WARREN COUNTY , Va. - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made the fifth stop on his 11-stop public safety tour across the Commonwealth. Dozens of Virginia officials and members of law enforcement voiced their concerns to Herring in Warren County .more »

Judge fighting for job as panel reviews scuffle
Florida TodayMarch 30, 2015

A Brevard County judge who told a public defender during a 2014 courtroom hearing that he would "beat his ass" faced an hearing panel Monday, telling members that he did not hit the attorney during a scuffle but conceded his anger got the best of him.more »

Are Public Defenders Abusing System To Pad Salaries?
WWNY TV 7March 30, 2015

The program, created by former Public Defender Steve Button, now the county attorney, pays lawyers in the Public Defender's and Conflict Defender's offices various amounts for appearing in local courts after hours for arraignments over and above their ...more »

Hearing held for judge accused of punching attorney
WESH OrlandoMarch 30, 2015

Judge John C. Murphy drew national attention after a videotaped dispute with Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock in June. The dispute stemmed from Weinstock's refusal to waive the right to a speedy trial for a client. "If you want to fight, let ...more »

Attorney: Robin Williams' wife wants his wedding tuxedo
WANEMarch 30, 2015

Attorney Meredith Bushnell, who is representing Robin Williams' children Zachary, Zelda and Cody, said the public dispute has been excruciating for her clients. “We would like to see this wrapped up as soon as possible, so they can move on with their ...more »

Attorney: Robin Williams' wife wants his wedding tuxedo
WBOC TV 16March 30, 2015

Attorney Meredith Bushnell, who is representing Robin Williams' children Zachary, Zelda and Cody, said the public dispute has been excruciating for her clients. "We would like to see this wrapped up as soon as possible, so they can move on with their ...more »

Waukegan mom accused of killing daughter gets public defender
Chicago TribuneMarch 30, 2015

On Monday, Lawrence appeared briefly before Judge James Booras, who was told that Keith Grant, chief of special defense for the Lake County public defender's office, would be representing Lawrence from this point forward. Lawrence was formally ...more »

Brevard judge accused of threatening lawyer faces ethics committee
WFTV OrlandoMarch 30, 2015

A Brevard County judge caught on camera threatening an attorney in court faced an ethics committee Monday. The incident between Judge John Murphy and Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock happened in June, 2014. Murphy admitted he became ...more »

S.F. County Jail appears to be in shambles
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 30, 2015

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi's allegations that four deputy sheriffs forced inmates to participate in gladiator-style fighting are horrific and appalling. We urge the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation as ...more »

Judge, public defender keep rights in sight
Goshen NewsMarch 29, 2015

Chief public defender Clifford Williams pulls back a chair for the defendant, waits until he gets seated and pushes the chair closer to the table. “My doing that is my way of acknowledging that these are people ... my people,” Williams said. “They ...more »

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