Wed., August 11, 2010 4:08pm (EDT)

Public Defender Director Appointed To Bench
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Gov. Sonny Perdue has selected public defender director Mack Crawford for a Superior Court judgeship. (photo courtesy of Joe Gratz)
Gov. Sonny Perdue has selected public defender director Mack Crawford for a Superior Court judgeship. (photo courtesy of Joe Gratz)
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed the director of Georgia's beleaguered public defender system as a Superior Court judge on the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

The governor appointed Mack Crawford to the bench on Wednesday. Crawford was a member of the Georgia House before he was named the director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.

The council has suffered from lagging financial support from lawmakers and a flurry of lawsuits from civil rights groups who say the statewide network is failing its mission.