TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Apr 23, 2012

Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush claims state finance officials have been misinterpreting state law regarding funding for the public defenders in Shelby and Davidson counties for 20 years and that the offices are owed $45.2 million -- $28.4 million for Shelby and $16.8 million for Davidson. State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, has filed a proposed amendment to the state budget that would appropriate the money to the two counties. The amendment is not expected to pass, but Kyle said he hopes the problem can be fixed going forward, which would mean an extra $3 million for the Shelby public defender's office and $2 million for Davidson in the state budget for fiscal year 2012-13. The Commercial Appeal has the story