YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's beleaguered public defender
system is scheduled to meet for the first time since the end of the
legislative session to discuss how to account for even deeper cuts
to the criminal justice system.
The state-funded public defender system is faced with lagging
support from state legislators and mounting funding problems amid
the economic downturn.
It was also slapped with a lawsuit last month that seeks to halt
prosecutions in hundreds of northeast Georgia cases until lawyers
are provided to represent the defendants.