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Board: 1 month of money for Plaquemines public defenders

7 years 1 month 1 week ago Monday, February 22 2016 Feb 22, 2016 February 22, 2016 4:18 AM February 22, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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

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