County commissioner appointed to statewide board

By: 
Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

The Otsego area’s county commissioner, Jon Campbell, has been appointed to a newly created statewide board—the Indigent Defense Commission.

It, Campbell said, will be responsible for setting minimum standards for local municipalities to provide attorneys for criminal defendants who cannot afford their own.

A long-time Otsego police officer, Campbell said the state commission was important.

“During my 30-year law enforcement career it was always my personal belief that I would rather have a crime go unsolved than have me participate in mistakenly convicting the wrong person,” he said. “It is important that indigent individuals receive a vigorous defense when they stand accused of a crime.

“When I have observed on the news the individuals that are released from incarceration after they are proven ‘innocent’ of crimes for which they were convicted, it reinforces my belief that we need to make corrections to the system to make sure it is fair for everyone.”

The 15-member board was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

For full story, pick up a copy of the June 30 issue of The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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