How they really think
This article from Fremont, Nebraska's Community Newspaper provides some great insight into how communities and governments think about indigent defense work. Dodge county Nebraska, it seems is considering a public defender system. Why? Just one reason: Cost.
Here are a few quotes from the article:
"In most cases, more-experienced attorneys can predict the outcome, provide “damage control” and work out plea bargains that are fair to everyone."
Huh? fair to everyone? that's what they're looking for in a defender....
“There's a possibility that we'll work out maximum fees for average cases,” he said, adding that extenuating circumstances would be considered. “We can maybe have a peer review committee (for bills that are viewed as too high).”
As a taxpayer, Holtorf said even though he would like to see the court-appointed system continue, it's the county's best interest that needs to be considered.
“If (a public defender's office) can save the county money, it could be the appropriate decision,” Holtorf said.
Posted by Indefensible at 11:04 AM