May 09, 2009

ID: wondering if the fix is in for Canyon Co PD

From the Idaho Press-Tribune:

Committee selected to find new public defender for county

Third District Administrative Judge Juneal Kerrick has appointed a committee of three local attorneys to consider candidates who want to be appointed the next public defender for Canyon County... This panel will review the seven applicants for the public defender post... (T)he Canyon County commissioners, who will make the final selection... The new contract will be effective Aug. 1.

Local attorneys Klaus Wiebe and Scott Fouser hold the position at this time and recently sued the county and the state, accusing the county of shopping for the "bottom" of adequate services for its indigent defendants...

Also interesting to note the number of former long-time prosecutors on the list who've found a new interest in indigent defense.