- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge has ordered Caddo Parish’s criminal court judges must stop ordering the public defender board to fund private lawyers appointed to represent indigent defendants that the public defenders are unable to defend due to conflicts.

On some 250 occasions since April, the five criminal judges in Shreveport have ordered the public defender board to compensate appointed counsel for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses and overhead costs.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1et9z5F) the board sued the judges in May.

After a nearly two-hour hearing Friday, state District Judge Don Johnson blocked the Caddo judges from enforcing their funding orders. Johnson also barred the judges from issuing any new orders.

An assistant state attorney general representing the 1st District criminal judges said he would consult with the judges about appealing Johnson’s decision.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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