Madison County Public Defender Anticipates Budget Deficit

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The Madison County public defender's office is anticipating a $32,000 budget deficit before the end of the fiscal year.

That's the news from public defender Harry Moore, who addressed the Madison County commissioners during a meeting Tuesday.

Representing Jose Sandoval has been a big drain on the office's budget. Sandoval is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty for his role in the 2002 U.S. Bank murders.

Moore said his office could spend about $25,000 in their share of hiring experts. Those experts will testify at a hearing to challenge the constitutionality of electrocution. He plans to split the full cost with the Nebraska Public Advisory Commission.

Commissioner Jim Prauner said it should work to transfer money from other county offices with surplus funds, rather than open the budget.