California – Orange County cuts public defenders, health care for poor

Orange County cuts public defenders, health care for poor – By Kimberly Edds / The Orange County Register The County of Orange will be forced to pay for private attorneys to represent indigent defendants after the Board of Supervisors agreed to make $29.5 million in emergency budget cuts Tuesday, including laying off seven public defenders. The public defender says the cuts will cripple its ability to perform its constitutionally mandated duties. Supervisors also agreed to pull $8 million from…[For full story: http://www.ocregister.com/news/county-320407-million-public.html ]

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California – Orange County cuts public defenders, health care for poor