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Beauregard Office of Public Defender files suit against BPSO

BY ELONA WESTON

DERIDDER -- The Beauregard Parish Office of the Public Defender has filed a lawsuit against the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, alleging that the Sheriff's Office failed to provide adequate space for the Public Defender's Office to conduct interviews with inmates, privately.

The matter was filed Jan. 2 by DeRidder attorney David L. Wallace, district defender with the Office of the Public Defender. A status conference was held Wednesday. Another status conference is set Tuesday, Feb. 25.

"There has never been an office designated for use by the Office of the Public Defender at the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office aka Beauregard Parish Jail other than the nurse's station, although various requests have been made," the suit states.

The Office of the Public Defender is seeking a permanent injunction against the Sheriff's Office, "restraining and prohibiting them from interviewing any individual who is a client of the Beauregard Parish Office of the Public Defender without first notifying the Office of the Public Defender via telephone or facsimile transmission, that they intend to interview such an individual, and receiving verbal and/or written agreement from the Office of the Public Defender for such an interview to take place," according to the suit.

A lawsuit presents the grievance of one party against others. It does not present both sides of the issue in question.
Filed Under :
Location : Deridder
People : David L. Wallace
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