Public Defender Commission
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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.
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.
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.
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…