Judge Tells Defendant to Stick with Court-Appointed Attorney

Cumberland County Criminal Court Judge David Patterson explained to a 20-year-old defendant that she can't get another court-appointed attorney two weeks before her trial especially since she had gotten this lawyer after not being satisfied with the public defenders' office. Melanie Nichole Lewis wanted to fire Jeff Vires, but the judge said no, describing Vires as a very capable and competent attorney who would serve her well. Patterson told Lewis she was welcome to hire and pay for a lawyer of her choosing.  The Crossville Chronicle has the story.