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Lack of state-funded public defender at core of ACLU lawsuit

SCOTT COUNTY — In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases — the main concern at that time. Fordice proposed increasing the hourly rate paid to attorneys appointed to such cases and tie the payment plan ...

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Lawyers for man accused of sending ricin-laced letters ask off case

ABERDEEN — Federal public defenders George L. Lucas and Gregory S. Park have asked a judge to replace them as attorneys for James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo, who is charged with mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama and others. The two, in federal court documents filed yesterday, cite an undisclosed conflict with another client in the public defender’s office. A ...

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