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Idaho lawmakers try to trim public defender workload, but barely make a dent

Lawmakers have been trying to lighten the workload of public defenders in Idaho, passing several bills this session converting misdemeanor changes to lesser violations that don't require a defense attorney, writes AP reporter Ryan Struyk. But Struyk found the new bills combined account for less than 2 percent of state-level misdemeanors — leaving almost all of the laws that prompted 110,000 charges last year on the books, according to data from the Idaho Supreme Court.

You can read the full story here from the Associated Press.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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