So what happens when too many people trigger the democratic privilege? Erie County public defender Jeff Whitacre unfortunately knows all too well.
The demanding workload burdens his staff and completely exhausts funds provided to the office by the county.
To remedy the situation amid a skyrocketing caseload, Whitacre asked commissioners for an additional $108,000. He wants one full-time paralegal and one full-time assistant public defender to work alongside his current eight-member staff.
For more on the increased case load at the public defender's office and what duties the office handles, pick up a copy of Saturday's Register.