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Gazette opinion: Region’s growth makes case for more defenders

Gazette opinion: Region’s growth makes case for more defenders

Add the Montana Public Defender Office to the long list of private businesses and government agencies struggling to hire workers for Bakken boom towns.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Hooks is new chief public defender

HELENA -- William F. Hooks, a Helena attorney who has represented people charged with crimes for more than 20 years, including many indigents, has been hired as the state's new chief public defender.  

February 14, 2012 5:26 pmLoading…

ACLU report: Public-defender system still plagued by mismanagement

HELENA — The state's five-year-old public defender system is still plagued by mismanagement, with overworked and undertrained attorneys sometimes failing to provide the most basic help to their indigent clients, a new report by the ACLU of Montana says.

October 21, 2011 5:30 pm Related Loading…

National search planned for Montana’s new chief public defender

HELENA — The state’s public defender system will conduct a nationwide search for a new chief public defender, enlisting the help of national groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the chair of the commission overseeing the system said Monday.

October 03, 2011 5:13 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Defenders panel works to improve, hopes for needed funding

I have been on the Public Defender Commission for about two years. I have reviewed with interest and some dismay, Jim Taylor's resignation letter. The dismay arises from the timing and the attendant negative article in the Helena newspaper (Jan. 12 Billings Gazette). I have tremendous respec…

February 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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