Change Is Needed In The Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office

Monday, July 14, 2014

What do you know about the office of the Hamilton County Public Defender?  Most people know from watching television that, in a criminal case, “you are entitled to a lawyer, if you cannot afford one, the court will appoint a lawyer to represent you.”  This is a Constitutional right, we all know that.  However, this is about the extent of most folks’ knowledge of the well known “right to counsel” in our court system.     

In fact, our Constitution requires the taxpayers to provide lawyers to represent citizens who do not have the money to hire a lawyer to defend them in court in the face of criminal charges.  In Hamilton County, the office of the Public Defender was established to fill this important role in the judicial system in most cases. 

The office of the Hamilton County public defender is funded with taxpayer dollars and must handle thousands of criminal cases every year.  The staff, attorneys and investigators are typically required to handle more cases per attorney than any other attorney in the practice of law. Therefore, it is important to the taxpayers and the clients this office serves that the attorneys and staff are well trained, well organized and operate smoothly.  Unfortunately, Hamilton County’s taxpayers have not been getting the benefit of their tax dollars in this office for several years.  That is why it is time for a change in leadership in the Public Defender’s office. 

Steve Smith is the Republican nominee for the office of public defender.  Steve has served us well every day in court for the last eight years prosecuting cases for the District Attorney's office.  Steve knows firsthand what is required to litigate in the criminal courtrooms in Hamilton County.  Steve has excellent relationships with the attorneys and judges and will deliver the level of services that the taxpayers of Hamilton County deserve from this office.  Steve has the skill, knowledge and expertise to significantly improve the services provided in the Public Defender’s office with our tax dollars.  Steve’s vision for improving the Public Defender’s office, his passion for public service and his broad range of knowledge, experience and training make him the only choice for Public Defender in Hamilton County this election year. 

During the upcoming election, I hope you will join me in voting for Steve Smith as the next public defender in Hamilton County.  Steve will definitely get the job done. 

Barry L. Abbott


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