Public Defender Agency short staff, will limit new clients in Bethel and Nome


February 8, 2023

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A state agency that represents Alaskans who cannot afford their own attorneys intends this month to stop taking clients facing serious felony charges in parts of southwest and western Alaska due to staffing shortages.

Samantha Cherot, head of the Alaska Public Defender Agency, notified the judges overseeing the Nome and Bethel judicial districts of the plans on Jan. 31, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The agency asked that Superior Court judges in those regions not assign new cases to the agency for certain felonies that cover the most serious and complex crimes, starting F...

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