Board: 1 month of money for Plaquemines public defenders
POINTE A LA HACHE- The Louisiana Public Defender Board has found money to keep the Plaquemines Parish Public Defenders office open through March.
The office had begun furloughs for its two staff attorneys Wednesday, two days after legislators cut $472,000 from the state board's budget.
Chief public defender Matthew Robnett tells that the board somehow found $30,000 to let his office reopen.
But he says the payroll runs between $20,000 and $30,000 a month, so it will soon run out.
The Plaquemines Public Defenders Office runs mainly on court fees from traffic fines, supplemented by the state board.
Roberts laid off a contract attorney in September because of dips in local revenue and loss of some state money