March 25, 2007
One Case is Causing Georgia PD System to Run Low on Cash
From NPR.com: The public defender system in Georgia is running short of money — because of one huge case. The defense of Brian Nichols, charged with killing four people after breaking out of a courthouse two years ago, has cost $1.4 million dollars so far — and it hasn't gone to trial yet.
The case is prompting some people to rethink their whole system for public defenders. Public defenders fear they won't have enough money to represent dozens of indigents all over the state.
This week, the judge in the case postponed Nichols' trial for six months because of the funding issue.
Listen. . . [Mark Godsey]
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See the case of Lakeith Amir-Sharif. 2 1/2 years and no court date/trial. We are talking $100,000.00 and counting in taxpayers money,for crimes he is not gulty of. he is being persecuted because he sued the sheriff, county commissioners and DA's Office over violations of constitutional and human right issues.
Posted by: A. Smith | May 3, 2007 11:34:18 AM