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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ind. Courts - Steuben County public defender office has problems

WLKI News, Angola, is reporting:

The attorney who oversees Steuben County's public defender program told the County Council yesterday that another public defender will be needed next year due to the large number of indigent cases. Hugh Taylor said the program in Steuben County was in danger of being halted by the state because of noncompliance. Taylor made a similair request to the County Council at this time last year. He said compared to other counties, Steuben County's staffing was inadaquate. Council member Paul Sparks told Taylor that the state of Indiana has to fulfill their obligation of providing compensation to Steuben County. After further discussion, Taylor was told to go ahead and try and get another public defender when talks with state officials in September.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 11, 2008 11:02 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts