April 30, 2009

ID: Canyon Co low-bid defense? No

From Dennis at SCOIDBlog:

Canyon County & State of Idaho Sued Over Public Defender Services

The Canyon County Public Defenders have sued the State and Canyon County. Wiebe and Fouser, P.A. currently holds the public defender contract, but recently the county invoked a 90-day termination provision and then sought bids. The complaint alleges that the County Board of Commissioners stated that it "wanted to find the bottom" on costs for public defender services...

From the Idaho Press - Tribune:

County, state face lawsuit

Is this part of a national trend?

Cutting and gutting indigent defense? Well, yes, it has been. PD's pushing back? I hope so.

( though the author seems to see the nefarious hand of the ACLU behind all this, the article also has links to the Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief ( pdf files 1, 2, 3 ) and some courthouse gossip )