Changes in McLennan County Indigent Defense System
"New law aims to save McLennan County time, money by streamlining courts," is the Waco Tribune-Herald report by Tommy Witherspoon. It appeared in yesterday's edition. McLennan County judges are
hoping that a new law passed earlier this month will create sort of a
one-stop shopping form of judicial economy for criminal defendants
charged with both felonies and misdemeanors.
The local bill, which takes effect Sept. 1 and affects only McLennan
County, gives the five state district judges here, who have concurrent
jurisdiction over felony cases, the authority also to handle
The change won?t be putting anybody out of work or straining the
busy felony court dockets. Mike Freeman and Mike Gassaway, the county?s
two county court-at-law judges who preside over misdemeanor cases,
still will have plenty of cases to hear...continue to full post
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