January 28, 2009

CA: pay $500,000 to save $50,000?

From The Examiner in San Francisco:

Public defender to pass cases

Public Defender Jeff Adachi said Wednesday his office no longer has the resources to defend several homicide cases already assigned to his office, and he would no longer accept new homicide and certain felony trials. After criticizing Mayor Gavin Newsom last week for hiring hundreds of employees while not allowing him to beef up his legal team, Adachi carried out his threat to pass cases off to private counsel...

Update from Cal Law Legal Pad: Supe Goes for Adachi's Soft Spot in Budget Throwdown