The Office Of The Public Defender in Hidalgo County, Texas has been open for business almost a month and from the looks of it they plan on keeping it that way!
Yes, the state we love to hate (I don't really hate it...I just wanted to say something witty...and yes, I failed) has scraped up enough funds to open a PD's office in Edinburg, Texas. Edinburg is located very close to the Southern tip of Texas, close to the border of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas for those not familiar with Texas geography.
I find it interesting that they hired a 28 year-old former district attorney from the same county to run it but, what the hell, you gotta start with someone I suppose. It looks like they are funded by a grant (if you can believe it!) for at least 4 years. I'm wishing them a whole lotta luck and now I want to figure out how we can apply for California grants like this!
(Thanks to Skelly at Arbitrary and Capricious and Scott at Grits For Breakfast)