Fairfax's Chief Public Defender Quits

Fairfax County's top public defender has resigned after 10 months on the job, saying she does not have adequate resources to defend the poor in Virginia's wealthiest county.

In her short tenure, Joanmarie I. Davoli, 42, has made huge strides for the Fairfax public defender's office, according to numerous defense lawyers. She obtained Internet access and e-mail for her lawyers, persuaded Fairfax judges to reduce her lawyers' staggering caseload -- last year, the 20 lawyers defended 8,452 clients -- and refurbished a cramped and crumbling office.

Interestingly, she seems to have a beef with VA's indigent defense commission, run by Rich Goemann--who I've found to be very smart, capable, and dedicated.

More on this soon as well.

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