April 18, 1986 |
In an attempt to ease a backlog of court cases, the Woodbury Heights Council voted 4-2 on Wednesday to hire the township's first public defender. Council President Raymond Groller read a letter from David Keyko, the township judge, stating that a number of cases had been postponed in recent months because the township lacked a public defender. The municipality must provide an attorney if the defendant cannot afford one in cases involving more than $200, the letter said. "With the mandatory drunk-driving fines now so high, this involves a lot of cases," said Groller, a Republican.
December 29, 2015
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County has named a new chief public defender. Dean Beer, previously the deputy chief public defender, was appointed this month. Beer had been leading the office on an interim basis since Keir Bradford-Grey left in August to become chief of the Philadelphia Defenders Association. Before going to Montgomery County, Beer worked as a public defender in Philadelphia and North Carolina. In Philadelphia, he cofounded the Defenders Association's immigration project to advise attorneys and clients on the consequences their cases could have on immigration status.
February 24, 2012
Keir Bradford-Grey, the assistant federal public defender in Delaware, has been named Montgomery County's chief public defender. She assumes office April 1, replacing Stephen G. Heckman. Bradford-Grey has 13 years' experience as a public defender. She becomes the first African American woman to head a department in the county government. Josh Shapiro, chairman of the board of commissioners, said Bradford-Grey's "vision for the office and commitment to defending the indigent will help ensure that justice in Montgomery County is efficient and effective.
November 15, 2000 |
New Jersey Public Defender Ivelisse "Ivy" Torres, 48, the highest-ranking Hispanic official in state government, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday. In July 1997, Ms. Torres, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, became the first career public defender to ascend to the top post in the state's Office of the Public Defender, which was created in 1967. "Ivy Torres was an extraordinary public servant and a special human being," said Gov. Whitman, who appointed her. "New Jersey is a better place because of her. " After beginning her career as a law guardian attorney and senior trial lawyer in the Public Defender Camden County Regional Office in 1979, she worked in the Union County regional office before transferring to the Ocean County office in 1987.
March 21, 2013 |
James Cheatham is a forgiving man, but after getting robbed of $60 on his birthday while trying to perform an act of kindness, he had little reservation about testifying in court. Plus, the 45-year-old father of three from Queen Village had a subpoena to show up in court about the September incident, and he knew he couldn't ignore it. Which is why Cheatham was confused when, he says, a public defender called him twice before a scheduled February trial to tell him he didn't have to worry about court - that there was nothing a judge would do if he didn't show.
December 4, 1986 |
H. Ian Wachstein, the deputy public defender who has headed Camden County's public defender's office since 1972, will be demoted as part of statewide changes being made in the public defender's office by New Jersey Public Advocate Alfred A. Slocum. Beginning Jan. 1, Wachstein will no longer serve as the deputy public defender in the county. But Wachstein, 46, can continue to work in the New Jersey public defender system, although he said he had not talked fully about his options with Slocum.
June 13, 1990 |
Municipal court clerk Dorothy Still says she has never liked Maple Shade's hunt-and-peck system for assigning attorneys to poor clients. And she's relieved that a change may be coming. "I have to call a lawyer to do something he probably won't get paid for," Still said. "Nobody minds. Nobody gets angry. . . . But I feel embarrassed sometimes. " For about a decade Maple Shade has relied on lawyers already scheduled for court to represent indigent defendants - usually for free.
October 16, 1991 |
It comes down to this: Attorneys in the Camden Office of the Public Defender are being asked to take time off without pay, and clients are being asked to pay a new $50 administrative fee - all part of an effort throughout state government to avoid layoffs. The prospect of an unwanted, unpaid vacation seemed remote to many workers in July when Gov. Florio's office asked department heads to find ways to reduce their budgets. The legislature had approved a $253 million cut in state spending through layoffs, attrition, early retirement and furloughs.
May 18, 2014 |
Don Tollefson's income has taken a big hit since he left Fox29 in 2008, when he was making nearly $5,000 a week. The former sportscaster is now pulling in about $2,654 a month in disability payments. He's got $1,200 in his checking account, and a $100,000 balance of credit with his bank that he's months behind on paying. His house in Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, is $75,000 under water. But Tollefson still isn't poor enough for a public defender. A Bucks County Court judge on Friday ruled that Tollefson must hire private counsel to defend against charges he sold people more than $100,000 in bogus travel packages to sporting events.
April 24, 1990 |
With his full gray beard and pin-stripe suits, Owen W. Nash looked like a college professor, colleagues said. So people who visited his private law office in Media were sometimes puzzled by the pictures of fighter jets that Mr. Nash hung on his walls. Only a few people who took the time to stare at the pictures figured out who the clean-shaven man in the flight suits was. Mr. Nash, 58, of Exton, an assistant public defender for Delaware County, and a decorated Navy fighter pilot, died Friday at Hahnemann University Hospital after suffering a heart attack.