PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Plaquemines Parish's chief public defender says his office will shut down February 17 without a new source of funding.
According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, the defender's office laid off one contract attorney and stopped hiring any new contract attorneys in the fall.
State lawmakers voted Monday to cut $472,000 dollars from the Louisiana Public Defender Board's budget through June 30. That budget impacts several local agencies.
Plaquemines chief defender Matthew Robnett says he doesn't see his office opening after February 17 unless emergency funds surface.