Platte County's Public Defender Funding Criticized

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska says Platte County must increase funding of its public defender's office.  The group sent a letter to the county Board of Supervisors earlier this month, saying the county has to increase staffing for the office in order to comply with state and federal law.  ACLU director Amy Miller says the defense and prosecution deserve equal funding for a fair process.  Deputy County Attorney Elizabeth Lay says the Board of Supervisors is taking the concerns seriously and that the board's judiciary committee is checking into the matter.