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Detective says people victimized by attorneys should seek criminal charges

By Carri Geer Thevenot
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Posted: Mar. 25, 2011 | 2:06 a.m.

A Las Vegas police detective wants members of the public to pursue criminal charges if they suspect they have been victimized by their attorneys.
“They think their only recourse is to file complaints with the Nevada State Bar,” Detective James Downing said. …….

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Direct air service to McCarran International to begin May 15

Yeah. Vegas, baby! Great Lakes Airlines is scrapping its daily Denver flight and replacing it with a midday turnaround flight to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.  That change is scheduled to begin May 15, Mike Coster, Yelland Field Airport manager, told the White Pine County Board of County Commissioners.

“Las Vegas?” a pleasantly surprised WPC Commission Chairman John Lampros asked. “That’s wonderful.”

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Gov. Jim Doyle signs public defender bill, 30 others

Posted: March 15, 2010

Madison — Poor people will have an easier time getting a public defender under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jim Doyle.

The law changes the eligibility standards for securing public defenders starting in July 2011. The plan will cost the state about $4.1 million a year but will save counties an estimated $6 million a year.
Now, Wisconsin has the nation’s stingiest eligibility standards for getting a public defender, according to the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. People charged with a felony do not qualify for a public defender if, having two children, they are paid $7.25 an hour, have $300 in cash and a car worth $2,000, according to the state public defender’s office.

The bill Doyle signed will allow public defenders for anyone earning up to 115% of the federal poverty guidelines, with up to $30,000 equity in their home, a $10,000 car and $2,500 in other assets.

Judges often appoint private attorneys for poor defendants who don’t qualify for public defenders. Private attorneys cost more than public defenders and are paid by counties rather than the state.

Supporters of the new law say it will save taxpayers $2 million a year when all costs are taken into account.