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NAACP hosts community forum with the Allen County Public Defender’s Office

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Allen County Courthouse

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — NAACP Branch 3049 of Fort Wayne and Allen County is hosting a community forum this weekend to discuss the status of the Allen County Public Defender’s Office.

The forum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, at The Temple, located at 4202 Hessen Cassel Rd.

The event will be attended by NAACP leaders and staff members of the Allen County Public Defender’s Office.

NAACP President Larry Gist said the forum will give residents the opportunity to ask questions about the Public Defender’s Office, which is provides legal services for defendants who cannot afford to hire a private attorney.

Gist said The status of the Public Defender’s Office raised community concerns earlier this year, after an internal investigation led to the suspension of William Lebrato, chief public defender.

The NAACP said Lebrato was given a suspension of two-three weeks, however, the reason for the suspension was not revealed by the Public Defender Board, which oversees the Public Defender’s Office.

NAACP Branch 3049 of Fort Wayne and Allen County is hosting a community forum to discuss the status of the Allen County Public Defender’s Office. The forum will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 24, at The Temple, 4202 Hessen Cassel Road.

 

The event will be attended by NAACP leaders and members of the staff the Allen County Public Defender’s Office. NAACP President Larry Gist said the forum will give residents the opportunity to ask questions about the Public Defender’s Office, which is provides legal services for defendants who cannot afford to hire a private attorney.

 

The status of the Public Defender’s Office raised community concerns earlier this year, after an internal investigation led to the suspension of William Lebrato, chief public defender. Lebrato was given a 2- to 3-week suspension, however, the reason for the suspension was not revealed by the Public Defender Board, which oversees the Public Defender’s Office.