Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Public defender protests
arrests of the homeless

In a protest of excessive arrests of homeless people in St. Petersburg, the public defender has refused to continue representing indigent people arrested for violating municipal ordinances.

Public Defender Bob Dillinger has refused to extend a contract with St. Petersburg which paid his office a flat fee of $50 a month for representing indigent people arrested for sleeping in the park and other violations of municipal ordinances.

"They're trying to get the homeless out of the downtown area," Dillinger said. "I would rather have them spend money on helping the homeless rather than arresting them."

Read the St. Petersburg Times story here.


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