A process that was typically a routine matter in years past was approved earlier this month by St. Joseph County commissioners after an inordinate amount of attention.
The roster of public defenders, whose members serve as court-appointed attorneys through 2022, was OK’d by the board Nov. 2.
The matter drew a second look this year after former prosecutor John McDonough indicated he would like to be a part of the pool. Commissioner Kathy Pangle in October voiced her opposition to including McDonough after citing a number of examples to support her position.
In the end, McDonough was not a part of the group, which includes Laurie Hines, Melissa Hallack, Christine Yancey, Jordan Yancey, Timothy George, John Bush and Luke Nofsinger.