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Erie County public defender expects record spending for 2012

Andy Ouriel • Jan 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Earlier this year, public defender Jeff Whitacre said his office could spend up to $750,000 in taxpayer funds for resources needed to handle nearly 2,900 cases.

The $750,000 would surpass the $711,000 spent in 2011 and $682,000 expended in 2010, according to county finances.

County officials should tabulate the final figures within the coming weeks.

Pick up Friday's Register for a detailed chart on the number of cases handled by the public defender's office and for information on how recent murder cases have affected the department's budget.


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