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Mary Rain, St. Lawrence County's Public Defender, shows her staff's overbooked schedules.
Mary Rain, St. Lawrence County's Public Defender, shows her staff's overbooked schedules.

Story 2.0: Public defenders still overworked

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Last week, St. Lawrence County assistant public defender Chris Curley resigned from his job. He said the reason was his caseload was too much to bear. Public Defender Mary Rain said she believes this won't be the last assistant to step down due to the taxing caseload. St. Lawrence County has increased the salary of its assistant public defenders by $3-5,000, to about $50,000. But it's still low to retain good attorneys, says Rain. And she told David Sommerstein the caseloads are just too high.

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