Ailing GA public defender system in bind

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. (AP) - The leaders of Georgia's beleaguered
public defender system say they may have to urge the governor to
call a special panel to help them cope with deep budget cuts.

System leaders say they may urge Gov. Sonny Perdue to gather the
Fiscal Affairs Committee to help it sort out its budget problems.

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.
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