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Governor appoints de Gruy

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Andre de Gruy Mississippi state public defender. De Gruy will replaces Leslie Lee, who is retiring. Since 2001, de Gruy has served as the director of the state public defender’s office’s capital defense division. Before that, he was an assistant public defender in Hinds County. His legal career started in 1990, as a staff attorney ...

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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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