Court bills overwhelm public defender's budget

NORWICH – The Chenango County Public Defender’s office has requested an additional $35,000 to be added to the 2011 budget in anticipation of bills filed for defendant appeals that have occurred over the past two years.

According to Public Defender Alan Gordon, three cases have resulted in repeated appeals that will cost the county as much as $35,000 over the proposed budget for the year. The costs were unforeseen, but must be dealt with nonetheless, he said.

“We try to predict the amount as accurately as we can for the year,” he said. “But we can never be absolutely sure the extent of the appeals.”

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