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In 2004, a class action lawsuit was filed against Grant County alleging that its public defense system deprived indigent defendants of their constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel. The following newspaper provide backround on the suit:

"For some, free counsel comes at a high cost," Seattle Times, 4/4/2004.

"Attorney profited, but his clients lost," Seattle Times, 4/5/02004.

"Grant County faces lawsuit over public-defense system," Seattle Times, 4/6/2004.

After the court granted partial summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, Grant County agreed to settle the lawsuit and instituted a number of changes to its public defense system. In addition to establishing detailed requirements for the operation of the County's public defense system, the Settlement Agreement provided for the appointment of a Monitor to regularly review the County's compliance. Mr. Rodriguez was selected to serve as Monitor in May 2007 and completed his term in June 2012. Some of his older quarterly reports regarding the Grant County Public Defense System are available below:

Best, et al v. Grant County, 3rd Quarter 2009 Grant County Quarterly Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 2nd Quarter 2009 Grant County Quarterly Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 1st Quarter 2009 Grant County Quarterly Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 4th Quarter 2008 Settlement Monitor's Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 3rd Quarter 2008 Settlement Monitor's Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 2nd Quarter 2008 Settlement Monitor's Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 1st Quarter 2008 Grant County Quarterly Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 4th Quarter 2007 Grant County Quarterly Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 3rd Quarter 2007 Settlement Monitor's Report

Best, et al v. Grant County, 2nd Quarter 2007 Settlement Monitor's Report



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