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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Indegent representation
The issue of legal representation for indigent defendants in Cocke County courts has been an on-going one. Often private attorneys must be appointed to represent a defendant because the Public Defender's office has a conflict. Even so, the public Defender's office is overloaded. In 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Indigent Representation Task Force to study and make recommendations concerning many issues surrounding Tennessee’s system of representation for indigent parties in criminal and juvenile matters. On April 3, 2017, after a listening tour across the state and extensive research over many months of hard work, the Task Force presented its final report, which contained a number of far-reaching recommendations to improve Tennessee’s current system. The recommendations include; The creation of an independent central commission to oversee all programs providing legal representation ; Developing uniform criteria for determining eligibility for services; Standardize compensation rates and increase the rate paid to appointed private counsel to an hourly rate of $75 to $125; Require that public defenders be appointed unless the public defender has a conflict of interest; Appropriating sufficient funds to the District Public Defenders to enable them to represent as many defendants as possible; In response, Chief Justice Jeff Bivins said, “We are very supportive of the recommendations and over the coming weeks, the Court will develop a strategy to implement many of these recommendations." Justice Bivens said some of the changes will be implemented immediately, but others will go into effect gradually.


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Identity theft or fraud
  • Tennessee Promise is helping students
  • Marijuana hearing
  • Sevier County scam

    Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Job prospects continue to look positive for Cocke County
  • More Pasternak defendants are sentenced
  • Person of interest identified
  • Jobless rate in Tennessee continues to drop
  • Bear season opens on Saturday
  • Water service to be affected

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Trial delayed after only half of prospective jurors show
  • Judge Davidson on monitors
  • Potts is being sought
  • THP wants to locate witnesses
  • New Republican health plan
  • Hurricane losses may hike premiums for us all.

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Pasternak steroid conspiracy
  • Lt. Lawson on medical leave
  • Charles.....the Survivor
  • Proposed ACA modification falls apart
  • Be aware of flood vehicles

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  • Welfare to work
  • Presnell sentenced
  • Fentanyl leads to death
  • CLB talks jail issues
  • Hurricane insurance losses
  • Tuck identified as Park fatality
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