Knox Public Defender Reflects on Career

For nearly 30 years, Mark Stephens worked to create the best system to defend the poor, make their lives better and save taxpayers money. Today, that system is considered by the American Bar Association to be a model approach. Last week, the public defender’s office was renamed the “Mark Stephens Community Law Office” to honor the county’s first and only public defender. But Stephens says now is the time for “new energy” and a “new vision,” and he is stepping down early (his term does not expire until 2022). Knox News looks at the history of the public defender’s office and the role Stephens played in its creation.

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