Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rob Teilhet to be appointed director of Georgia Public Defender Standards Council

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM

  • Georgia General Assembly
Gov. Sonny Perdue's tapped Rob Teilhet, a Democratic state lawmaker who mounted an unsuccessful bid for state attorney general, as the next director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.

The council oversees the public defenders who represent men and women unable to afford attorneys — and there are quite a few of use these days who fall into that category — when they go before a judge and jury. Some Gold Dome lawmakers haven't made the council's job easy, what with their annual budget-cutting whacks at the public defender program. The lack of funding has resulted, in some cases, to indigent defendants waiting extended periods of time to appear in court, and ultimately helped contribute to bottlenecks throughout the criminal justice system.

From the governor's office:

“Even more important than his legal and legislative experience, Rob brings to this position a passion for seeking justice and protecting Georgia’s citizens,” Governor Perdue said. “I am pleased that he has chosen to continue in public service and I appreciate his willingness to take on a difficult challenge.”

“The constitutional right to counsel is a promise to every Georgian that must be kept,” said Rep. Teilhet. “I am humbled to be a part of such important work, and I look forward to working with the Council and others to ensure that Georgia protects this constitutional right in a way that delivers the best value to our clients and the taxpayers.”

Mack Crawford, the council's current executive director who reportedly once bought a life-size ceramic elephant, was recently appointed to a judgeship by Perdue.

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