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2 new members of Public Defender Commission

IL Staff
March 9, 2009
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Indiana Speaker of the House Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, has appointed two new members to the Public Defender Commission, the Indiana Supreme Court announced today. Representatives Vernon G. Smith, D-Gary, and Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, join the 11-member commission.

Rep. Smith, who also serves on the House Education and Courts and Criminal Code committees, replaces former Rep. Phil Hoy. Rep. Steuerwald, who also serves on the Government and Regulatory and Courts and Criminal Code committees, replaces former Rep. Amos Thomas.

The Indiana Public Defender Commission recommends standards to ensure high-quality indigent defense is provided statewide, and counties that follow those standards are eligible to be reimbursed from the Public Defense Fund for capital and non-capital indigent defense expenses.

The commission has 11 members: three are appointed by the governor, three by the chief justice, one by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, two are House of Representative members appointed by the House speaker, and two are Senate members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate.

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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