“This problem in this particular district, has persisted for months, and it appears to the court that the problem is only getting worse,” Judge Donald Harris told the courtroom Monday.
The request is for an additional $850,000.
Rep. Danny Tenenbaum, a public defender who introduced the bill, said the fee does nothing to boost public safety and unfairly wrings more money from people who have already been deemed indigent.
An audit of Montana's newly reorganized Office of the State Public Defender has found a couple of issues, but the agency head says steps have been taken to remedy the problems.
The Office of the State Public Defender named Rhonda Schaffer as its director in an announcement Tuesday.
HELENA — Two of seven bills to reform the Office of the State Public Defender and address a critical budget shortfall were heard in committee …
The local branch of the Office of the State Public Defender has a new interim leader following the death of Dave Stenerson.
The Montana Supreme Court denied a petition filed last month by three Missoula public defenders that requested a reversal of Missoula County d…
Early on in her career, Leta Womack battled the Internal Revenue Service in federal court.
HELENA — The Office of the State Public Defender says it is overloaded with cases in the Helena area and can't take any more.
HELENA - Ed Sheehy, a Missoula lawyer, said Thursday he is running for a justice's seat on the Montana Supreme Court in 2012.
KALISPELL - As Flathead County faces the possibility of its first death penalty trial since 1983, the state Office of Public Defenders is brac…