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Bryant appoints de Gruy state public defenderPublic defender: Man accused of stabbing Jessica Hampton on Red Line train suffers from paranoid schizophreniaPlacer County public defender contract up in the airAppling attorney is Brunswick's new Public DefenderJPs say no to funds for public defenderJPs say no to funds for public defenderWe Want Justice: A Letter to Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz'Fighter' Sharon Petrosino named OC public defender, overseeing county's largest law firmPittsburg: Cops hid police misconduct records in three cases, public defender saysPittsburg: Cops hid police misconduct records in three cases, public defender saysSharon Petrosino Is Orange County's New Public DefenderAnne Arundel's top public defender comes to colleague's defensePittsburg: Cops hid police misconduct records in three cases, public defender saysOur Say: Public defender must suspend assistant facing chargesState springs for public defenders

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Public defender whose home was raided returns to job
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJune 5, 2016

A well-known Milwaukee public defender is back on the job after a tactical squad police raid at his home, and his arrest at gunpoint, was resolved with tickets and a $50 fine. Alejandro "Alex" Lockwood said he is relieved the matter is over, and for ...more »

Public defender assigned to represent suspect in police officer's death
Memphis Commercial AppealJune 8, 2016

Katie Fretland is a journalist for The Commercial Appeal covering the legal system. Her reporting has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, Vice, Esquire and on NPR. She has appeared on MSNBC and Al Jazeera. She is a graduate of the ...more »

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Bryant appoints de Gruy state public defender
Jackson Clarion LedgerJune 30, 2016

Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Andre de Gruy Mississippi state public defender. The appointment is effective July 1. De Gruy will replaces Leslie Lee, who is retiring. Since 2001, de Gruy has served as the director of the state ...more »

Public defender: Man accused of stabbing Jessica Hampton on Red Line train suffers from paranoid schizophrenia
Homicide Watch ChicagoJune 30, 2016

The man accused of stabbing Jessica Renee Hampton to death on a CTA Red Line train suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and had been living at a nursing home to address his mental health issues, an assistant Cook County public defender said in court ...more »

Placer County public defender contract up in the air
Auburn JournalJune 29, 2016

Placer County supervisors are looking at options in deciding how to move forward with the public defender's contract. The so-called indigent contract – held by Richard Ciummo and Associates for the past decade – pays for defense attorneys in criminal ...more »

Appling attorney is Brunswick's new Public Defender
Baxley News-BannerJune 29, 2016

Stephen Tillman got busy Thursday clearing up all of his outstanding private cases and said he expects to begin his new position as public defender by no later than Aug. 1. Tillman, who has practiced law for more than 20 years, visited Brunswick ...more »

JPs say no to funds for public defender
Arkansas OnlineJune 29, 2016

The position would have been added to the Pulaski County public defender office's 26 full-time and six part-time deputy public defenders, who each handle an average of 300 felony cases annually -- twice the maximum caseload recommended by the ...more »

JPs say no to funds for public defender
Arkansas OnlineJune 29, 2016

The position would have been added to the Pulaski County public defender office's 26 full-time and six part-time deputy public defenders, who each handle an average of 300 felony cases annually -- twice the maximum caseload recommended by the ...more »

We Want Justice: A Letter to Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz
Venezuelanalysis.comJune 29, 2016

Before beginning these trials, public attorney Espinoza Dávila as well as Angulo Bentancourt had informed us of the same thing: the trial would be separated into three parts: firstly, the five police officers, then the hired killer Ángel Romero Bracho ...more »

'Fighter' Sharon Petrosino named OC public defender, overseeing county's largest law firm
OCRegisterJune 29, 2016

Sharon Petrosino, interim Orange County public defender, was chosen for the permanent role on Tuesday. She will oversee the 185 defense lawyers who last year handled 77,661 cases on behalf of those who cannot afford private attorneys. CINDY ...more »

Pittsburg: Cops hid police misconduct records in three cases, public defender says
East Bay TimesJune 29, 2016

In court motions filed this week, the Contra Costa Public Defender's Office alleged that police intentionally withheld the files from judges; police, meanwhile, acknowledged for the first time they should have handed over documents involving officers ...more »

Pittsburg: Cops hid police misconduct records in three cases, public defender says
The Mercury NewsJune 29, 2016

In court motions filed this week, the Contra Costa Public Defender's Office alleged that police intentionally withheld the files from judges; police, meanwhile, acknowledged for the first time they should have handed over documents involving officers ...more »

Sharon Petrosino Is Orange County's New Public Defender
VoiceofOCJune 29, 2016

Orange County supervisors on Tuesday appointed Sharon Petrosino, a 30-year veteran of the county Public Defender's office, to lead the agency on a permanent basis. Supervisors' unanimous vote ended a months-long search for someone to head up a staff ...more »

Anne Arundel's top public defender comes to colleague's defense
CapitalGazette.comJune 29, 2016

Anne Arundel County's top public defender said Tuesday his office was "100 percent behind" one of its attorneys charged last week with drunken driving and assaulting a police officer. Michele Vignola, 43, of Annapolis, was charged early on June 22 with ...more »

Pittsburg: Cops hid police misconduct records in three cases, public defender says
The Mercury NewsJune 28, 2016

PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Police Department intentionally suppressed evidence of two officers' misconduct in at least three criminal cases, according to motions filed this week by the Public Defender's Office which may ask for new trials or dismissals ...more »

Our Say: Public defender must suspend assistant facing charges
CapitalGazette.comJune 28, 2016

Vignola is the assistant public defender representing Ann Anastasi, 43, of Lothian. Her client faces first-degree murder charges in the death last fall of her husband, Anthony Anastasi Jr., 40, and Jacqueline Riggs, 25. Apparently, the charges against ...more »

State springs for public defenders
Lockport Union-Sun & JournalJune 26, 2016

New York City and 57 counties currently pay most costs for their staff and contract public defenders with some state support. "When fully phased in, the legislation will relieve counties of hundreds of millions of dollars of mandate relief," said ...more »

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