Lawmaker Wants Prosecutors, Public Defenders To Be Nonpartisan

Jan 17, 2017

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Duval County Democrat Audrey Gibson is pushing a measure that would make state attorney and public defender non-partisan offices.  

The Jacksonville Senator says their primary concern should be justice—not politics.

“Justice is supposed to be blind and it should also be nonpartisan," Gibson says, "and so we should not have prosecutors and public defenders who are catering to a mindset of a party.”

Duval County came under harsh scrutiny after the Harvard Fair Punishment Project included it in a list of 16 outlier counties leading the country in death penalty prosecutions.  The county ousted former prosecutor Angela Corey last year.