Add the Montana Public Defender Office to the long list of private businesses and government agencies struggling to hire workers for Bakken boom towns.
America’s justice system guarantees effective representation to all defendants accused of crimes carrying possible incarceration penalties. The system only works when both prosecution and defense attorneys are competent and can devote sufficient times to their crucial roles.
Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories this week about the effects of the proposed 5 percent budget cuts submitted by state government departments at the request of Gov. Brian Schweitzer.