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25 years ago: Funding running out for defense of county poor

February 8, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 8, 1987:

Douglas County was running out of money to pay lawyers to defend indigent clients, according to James Paddock, Douglas County administrative judge. According to Ron Miles, director of the State Board of Indigent Defendants, the county had received $58,000 from the state during this fiscal year to pay for the defense of indigent clients. The county had already used up 96 percent of its state funds even though the fiscal year would not end until June 30. For comparison, Johnson County had used up 80 percent of its funding and Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties had used up 70 percent. "It is unbelievable to expect us to perform with that kind of money," said Judge Paddock. "If that money runs out, I don't know how the state will pay people until June. I don't know if the money will last until March."

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