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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 12:08pm

Public Defender Director Appointed To Bench

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.