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Monday, May 09, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Successor chosen for Lake Co. public defender office"

Ruth Ann Krause's long Gary Post-Tribune report Friday begins:

Long-time appellate public defender has been chosen to replace chief Lake County public defender David Schneider, who is retiring in the fall after 16 years as chief and four decades in the office.

Marce Gonzalez Jr., who maintains a private practice, recently was named to the position by the five-member public defender board. Gonzalez will assume full-time administrative duties for the office that includes 19 trial attorneys, four appellate attorneys, and 20 to 25 contract attorneys who handle the overflow for trial attorneys involved in death penalty cases.

The office represents about 1,800 indigent clients a year in the four criminal-division courtrooms, Schneider said. The budget is about $2.5 million, of which 40 percent is reimbursed by the state for non-death penalty cases.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 9, 2016 08:30 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts