Nation's Public Defenders, Including San Francisco's, to Meet, Discuss Who's Getting Screwed Over the Worst
|Public Defender Jeff Adachi has not yet mentioned growing up in an old water tank on a rubbish dump|
San Francisco's Jeff Adachi will be there; as frequent readers of this page know, Adachi's getting piled on these days. Mandated to cut his budget by 25 percent by the mayor, Adachi declined, stating that this would result in him being forced to farm out more cases to expensive private attorneys -- and sparking a nasty game of budget chicken with the mayor. Adachi hasn't sued the mayor (yet), so he may not win any pity parties among his colleagues.
Fellow panelist Bennett Brummer, former PD for Miami-Dade County did sue the state of Florida for the right to decline cases after simultaneously experiencing a 29 percent increase in cases and a $2.48 million budget cut (he won).
Other hard-luck PDs on the roster:
- Nancy Forster, the Maryland State PD announced last year her office will no longer farm out cases to private attorneys -- as it has run out of money;
- Mark Stephens of Knox County, Tennessee lost his motion to reject misdemeanor cases due to an exorbitant caseloads;
- John Stuart, Minnesota's public defender, had the joy of coming up $4.7 million short and letting go of 50 attorneys.