On one hand, you have State's Attorney Dick Devine complaining loudly about the 17% budget cuts being forced on every county agency in an effort to trim costs. Devine says that these cuts will force his prosecutors to accept more plea bargains (though it's hard to imagine them accepting any more than they already do
) and will force his office to be unable to retain the best and brightest among the Harvard and Yale graduates that usually work in County prosecution offices.
Trust Urkel and his people to come up with a brilliant idea
- Cook County Board President Todd Stroger wants public defenders to work just four days a week -- and sometimes only three.
Stroger announced the cost-saving measure Thursday in a letter from special assistant Jonathan Rothstein to the union that represents assistant public defenders.
The letter says starting March 5, no assistant public defender will work more than four days a week.
Hopefully, the public defenders' off days will coincide with the days that ASA's are offering some of these plea bargains. It's a happy medium for everyone!