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Making a Case for Itself

Capital Public Defender Office Expands and Expands and Expands

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"Making a Case for Itself", County Magazine, November / December 2011

"Because of the office and the payment formula established by Lubbock County, Reeves County knew how much the defense for a capital case would cost then, and had already budgeted for the expense. So Stephens' team of attorneys, investigators and mitigation specialists had free rein to work tirelessly to keep him from the death penalty. They reviewed his history, his mental health, his motives."

We had seen what it costs for a death penalty case [...] you know it will happen eventually, and when it hits, you've got to pay for it. So it just makes sense to pool our money in a program like the Capital Public Defender's program.

Judge Daniel Burkeen, Limestone County

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Former Editor, County Magazine

Regional Public Defenders for Capital Cases

PO Box 2097
Lubbock, Texas 79408

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Fax. 806-755-7954

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