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SANDY’S DEEP BACKGROUND says the VIRGINIA APPELLATE DEFENDER may be before the legislature this SESSION!

I have a special interest in the VA Appellate Defender’s office:  I was the first Appellate Defender in the Commonwealth from 1996 to 2000.  In 2009, the doors were shuttered due to budget cuts and the ancillary fact the appellate defender was not protected by statute.  I promised I would see about restoring the AD’s office when there was money again!  Well,. Governor McDonnell says we have money!  So, I have been an bad (but successful) agitator and I am told by my deep background that we’ll have a budget amendment introduced and an enabling act too re-establishing an Appellate Defender’s office.  More next week when I see the evidence!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

5 Responses to “SANDY’S DEEP BACKGROUND says the VIRGINIA APPELLATE DEFENDER may be before the legislature this SESSION!”

  1. ele says:

    Where can I get more info on a "appellate defender"? Sounds interesting and maybe just what MT may need. We already have a "public defenders" system that the attorneys love, cause they don't have to waste their valuable time and money. And those that are paid PDs are worth every penny they get (which is usually too much) I think MT got an "F" for it's state system, which replaced the county and city systems.

  2. Ele, thanks first for coming by and reading our blog. I also want to state that I admire Montana very mush for its natural beauty and its libertarian tendencies.

    I am pleased to let you know that Montana HAS an appellate defender's office but I cannot speak for its effectiveness:

    I disagree with your assessment that PDs are overpaid; they are usually not paid enough. In Va, prosecutors are better paid because they get some money from the county or city they serve alomng with the state. PD's are not.

    Thanks again for coming!



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