Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Executive Branch to Oversee Public Defenders

Oversight of the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council will almost certainly move from the judicial branch to the executive branch of government. Without a much fanfare, today, SB 139 passed the Georgia House and awaits the Governor's signature.

Isn't it grand that a Governor who must be concerned about re-election is now charged with making sure indigent criminal defendants get adequate representation? Perhaps we should just streamline the process and let the Governor hear all the appeals based on ineffective assistance of council. Why bother with the courts at all? Gov's got it handled.

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