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Smith County commissioners looking at establishing public defender's office

Smith County commissioners are looking at the possibility of establishing a public defender's office for the county.

Commissioner Joann Hampton says it's just another way to ensure indigent clients get the best defense possible, while also helping in other areas, like the jail.

"We've done several bond elections and none of them have passed, and we're looking at all avenues to keep the population down," said Hampton Monday.

A representative with the Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense is scheduled to meet with commissioners during their regularly scheduled meeting on the 15th of December.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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