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Jackson County Hires Chief Public Defender, Office To Open Dec. 15New Orleans public defenders to judge: Stop assigning us new casesNew Orleans judge defers decision on public defenders' plea for no new casesMorning links: A public defender crisis is brewing in New Orleans4 facts to know about Ky public defender jobsNew trial ordered in Maryland murder case with overburdened public defenderCity to pay public defender for servicesGrievance alleged dysfunction in public defender's officeOrleans Public Defenders Office still short of money despite extra cash from cityOrleans public defenders' bombshell: No new cases for us, pleaseNo public defender for doctor charged in overdose deathsNo public defender for doctor charged in overdose deathsNo public defender for doctor charged in overdose deathsMontana physician facing 400 felonies denied public defenderCourt rules against public defender for Montana doctor

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Baxtrom is denied public defender in domestic violence
Cortez JournalNovember 19, 2015

In a heated preliminary hearing, Montezuma County Court Judge JenniLynn Lawrence announced on Wednesday that defendant, Garrett “Ty” Baxstrom, 38, of Cortez, didn't qualify for a court-appointed attorney. Baxstrom is charged with one count of ...more »

David Shircliff New Chief Public Defender For Lawrence County
WBIW.comNovember 18, 2015

He is replacing John Haury, who was named to the position after Lorinda Youngcourt moved from the area. Shortly after his appointment, however, Haury died unexpectedly while playing tennis. Shircliff, 50, has been a public defender for more than 20 years.more »

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Jackson County Hires Chief Public Defender, Office To Open Dec. 15
WBIW.comNovember 24, 2015

(BROWNSTOWN)- Attorney Alan L. Marshall was many miles from Jackson County when he responded to a Southern Indiana chief public defender job posting. Marshall, who is a former Jackson County attorney and Jennings County prosecutor, was serving ...more »

New Orleans public defenders to judge: Stop assigning us new cases
Al Jazeera AmericaNovember 24, 2015

Parker spent more than two months in jail for spitting on an emergency medical technician, a misdemeanor assault charge that mandates just 15 days. But his lawyer, public defender Maximilian Gumina, said he was so overwhelmed with cases that by the ...more »

New Orleans judge defers decision on public defenders' plea for no new cases
NOLA.comNovember 23, 2015

Criminal District Court Judge Arthur Hunter, shown at left in this 2014 file photo, has given the Orleans Public Defenders until Dec. 11 to prove they have taken "all reasonable steps" to prevent the suspension of duties. The public defenders have ...more »

Morning links: A public defender crisis is brewing in New Orleans
Washington PostNovember 23, 2015

Caddo Parish, La., a county with a history of producing copious death sentences and allegations of racial bias in the criminal justice system, just elected its first black district attorney. Meanwhile, in Orleans Parish, the public defenders' office is ...more »

4 facts to know about Ky public defender jobs
The Courier-JournalNovember 23, 2015

Because of a lack of resources Kentucky public defenders have been pushed to the limit, causing clients' representation to be put at risk and the commonwealth to be vulnerable to outside litigation. In a two-part series, The Courier-Journal examined ...more »

New trial ordered in Maryland murder case with overburdened public defender
Washington PostNovember 22, 2015

A Maryland judge has ordered a new trial in one of the Washington region's most unusual murder cases in recent years, citing a problem seen around the nation: public defenders too overworked to properly do their jobs. “I think this is an example of ...more »

City to pay public defender for services
The Tand D.comNovember 21, 2015

During the last legislative session, the General Assembly included a proviso in the state budget prohibiting circuit public defenders from representing indigent defendants in municipal court unless the court and public defender's office have an ...more »

Grievance alleged dysfunction in public defender's office
Sioux City JournalNovember 21, 2015

Langholz, who is now the administrator of the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals Administrative Hearings Division, said changes to the Sioux City office's structure were made, reducing the number of cases the Sioux City office now takes from ...more »

Orleans Public Defenders Office still short of money despite extra cash from city
The New Orleans AdvocateNovember 21, 2015

An eleventh-hour cash boost from the city may have staved off planned furloughs for public defenders in New Orleans, but that didn't stop Chief Public Defender Derwyn Bunton's office from asking a judge on Friday to stop assigning new indigent ...more »

Orleans public defenders' bombshell: No new cases for us, please
NOLA.comNovember 20, 2015

Derwyn Bunton, chief of the Orleans Parish Public Defenders office, is shown in this Nov. 12 file photo discussing his unit's budget woes with the New Orleans City Council. Bunton testified again Friday (Nov. 20) in a hearing called by criminal courts ...more »

No public defender for doctor charged in overdose deaths
The MissoulianNovember 20, 2015

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A Montana doctor facing hundreds of felony charges for over-prescribing pain medication has been told he doesn't qualify for a public defender. A motion filed Wednesday says Chris Christensen of Florence doesn't financially ...more »

No public defender for doctor charged in overdose deaths
Montana StandardNovember 20, 2015

Deputy Ravalli County Attorney Thorin Geist had challenged Christensen's request for a public defender and requested a copy of the application. In a motion, Geist said the state wanted to determine if it contained false information that might lead to a ...more »

No public defender for doctor charged in overdose deaths
Helena Independent RecordNovember 20, 2015

Deputy Ravalli County Attorney Thorin Geist had challenged Christensen's request for a public defender and requested a copy of the application. In a motion, Geist said the state wanted to determine if it contained false information that might lead to a ...more »

Montana physician facing 400 felonies denied public defender
Billings GazetteNovember 20, 2015

Flanked by his attorneys, Dr. Chris Christensen of Florence made his initial appearance before Ravalli County District Judge Jeffrey Langton on Sept. 1. Christensen has been charged with 400 felonies, including two counts of negligent homicide, for ...more »

Court rules against public defender for Montana doctor
NBC MontanaNovember 20, 2015

A Montana doctor facing hundreds of felony charges for over-prescribing pain medication has been told he doesn't qualify for a public defender. A motion filed Wednesday says Dr. Chris Christensen of Florence doesn't financially qualify for free legal ...more »

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