JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Hinds County Board of Supervisors is being sued for its refusal to pay bills from five private lawyers appointed by Circuit Judge Jeff Weill to handle cases of indigent defendants.
Weill had assigned cases to the private attorneys during his dispute with the county public defender’s office. The bills from the private attorneys totaled $10,900.
In May, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Weill doesn’t have authority to remove public defenders from handling cases in his courtroom.
Board of Supervisors President Peggy Hobson Calhoun tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1eQaZHO ) the board approved a policy this year not to pay any claims for outside services that can be done in-house. She says the public defender’s office was available to handle the cases assigned to private attorneys.
The lawsuit was filed this week.