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      Public defender's office could save money for Jefferson County

      {} {} Jefferson County will try to save millions of dollars by changing the way it provides defense attorneys in the court system.

      {} {} Currently, the county appoints private lawyers to defend people who can't pay- and tax money is used to pay those attorneys. {}But the court system is creating a public defender's office, which will keep attorneys on staff.

      {} {} It's estimated the move could save more than three million dollars every year.

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