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Teen who received $300000 settlement in Lincoln Hills abuse case charged with new offensesCiting poverty, ex-North Charleston policeman Michael Slager mounts 2nd bid for public fundingHopkins District CourtEight Arkansas Death Row Inmates Scheduled To Be Executed in AprilMissouri State Public Defender: Without more money, offices around the state may have to closeMissouri public defenders seek more money from lawmakersNot seen on camera: The law behind open records requestsMissouri public defenders seek more money from lawmakersHarris County District Attorney Defends New Marijuana PolicyHarris County District Attorney Defends New Marijuana PolicyCiting family's poverty, ex-North Charleston policeman mounts second bid for public fundingMissouri's top public defender to lawmakers: fund us, or accept cutsJudge appoints public defenders office to represent suspect in Olathe bar killingOrange County Sheriff, DA will not attend public meeting on $3.175M settlement in inmate's deathStudy: Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than needed

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Attorney: Ben Allen committed no crime
Jackson Clarion LedgerFebruary 3, 2017

The Partners oversee the 66-block Business Improvement District, formed by those property owners through the Mississippi Legislature. The owners pay a “voluntary tax” to the Partners, based on square footage. A lawyer for the state attorney general's ...more »

Attorney General 'Thrilled' By Governor's Proposed Pay Bump For State Attorneys
Wisconsin Public Radio NewsFebruary 9, 2017

The governor's budget proposal also includes $66,400 in fiscal year 2018-2019 for deputy and assistant public defender pay raises. Schimel said he supports that move as well. "We need the people at both tables in the courtroom to be experienced," he said.more »

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Teen who received $300000 settlement in Lincoln Hills abuse case charged with new offenses
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 28, 2017

In the first case, the public defender's office stopped representing him after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked about his eligibility for a taxpayer-funded attorney. He then retained a private attorney, but it was not immediately clear based on ...more »

Citing poverty, ex-North Charleston policeman Michael Slager mounts 2nd bid for public funding
Charleston Post CourierFebruary 28, 2017

The latest bid, filed late last week by Circuit Public Defender Ashley Pennington, said Slager relied on donations from loved ones to support his family of five. They live below the federal poverty line — about $29,000 annually for a family that size ...more »

Hopkins District Court
The Messenger (subscription)February 28, 2017

Stephen M. Smith to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (second offense). He was sentenced to 14 days in jail and ordered to pay a $350 fine, a $250 public attorney fee and $563 in court costs. ADE was ordered, his operator's ...more »

Eight Arkansas Death Row Inmates Scheduled To Be Executed in April
KUARFebruary 28, 2017

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Tuesday, February 21, that the nation's high court deciding not to take up the case cleared the way for executions to resume. But federal public defender John Williams, who represents three of the men ...more »

Missouri State Public Defender: Without more money, offices around the state may have to close
St. Louis Public RadioFebruary 28, 2017

The head of Missouri's Office of the State Public Defender has been seeking more money for years, to no avail. Now, he says it's crucial: Outposts around the state may have to close, including the division that handles death penalty cases. For the ...more »

Missouri public defenders seek more money from lawmakers
Washington TimesFebruary 28, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri public defender system made its case to a House Budget Committee on Monday about why it needs more money to provide lawyers to people too poor to hire private attorneys. The director of the system, Michael ...more »

Not seen on camera: The law behind open records requests
WAAYFebruary 27, 2017

The Alabama Supreme Court extended the definition of public writing to cover video recordings as well. The city attorney's office told us video of the Hennessey incident would not be released due to privacy concerns, safety of the officers involved and ...more »

Missouri public defenders seek more money from lawmakers
Charlotte ObserverFebruary 27, 2017

Former Gov. Jay Nixon attempted to give more money to the system, recommending a $4.5 million increase for public defenders. He later cut $3.5 million amid declining revenues, which sparked a protest in which Barrett appointed Nixon, a former attorney ...more »

Harris County District Attorney Defends New Marijuana Policy
Houston Public MediaFebruary 27, 2017

“We know that our constituents want public safety to be our number one concern,” says Ogg. “And they just don't believe that people in possession of small amounts of marijuana are their biggest public safety concern. They're worried about burglars and ...more »

Harris County District Attorney Defends New Marijuana Policy
Houston Public MediaFebruary 27, 2017

“We know that our constituents want public safety to be our number one concern,” says Ogg. “And they just don't believe that people in possession of small amounts of marijuana are their biggest public safety concern. They're worried about burglars and ...more »

Citing family's poverty, ex-North Charleston policeman mounts second bid for public funding
Charleston Post CourierFebruary 27, 2017

For a second time, the former North Charleston policeman who shot Walter Scott has said he's too poor to pay for his own lawyer — a plea to free up public money for his defense as his second murder trial nears. Michael Slager, whose killing of Scott ...more »

Missouri's top public defender to lawmakers: fund us, or accept cuts
STLtoday.comFebruary 27, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY • In order to devote the necessary time to all of the cases it's responsible for, the state's public defender office would need to hire an additional 333 attorneys. There are 349 currently on staff. The reasons that explain the need to ...more »

Judge appoints public defenders office to represent suspect in Olathe bar killing
Kansas City StarFebruary 27, 2017

The man charged in last week's deadly shooting in Olathe made his first court appearance Monday afternoon via closed-circuit television from the Johnson County jail. Adam Purinton is accused of shooting three men at Austins Bar and Grill last Wednesday ...more »

Orange County Sheriff, DA will not attend public meeting on $3.175M settlement in inmate's death
12NewsNow.ComFebruary 27, 2017

ORANGE - The Orange County Sheriff and District Attorney announced Monday morning that they would not be attending a public meeting called by the Orange County Judge to discuss the recent $3.175M settlement in the 2011 death of Orange County ...more »

Study: Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than needed
New Orleans CityBusiness (blog)February 27, 2017

Against a backdrop of litigation and recurring public debate over the system that provides legal assistance to the indigent, the American Bar Association has released a study concluding that Louisiana has far fewer public defenders than it needs to ...more »

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