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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Long-Time Potter County Public Defender Brent Petrosky To Retire

Potter County Today

Brent Petrosky
Brent Petrosky, who has served as Potter County Public Defender for many years, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. 

Petrosky has been a critical part of the county’s criminal justice system during changing times. Because a majority of defendants are low-income, they qualify for public defender services. 

In consultation with his clients and the Office of District Attorney, Petrosky has been able to resolve a large volume of cases through plea arrangements. His job has become more complex, albeit satisfying, in recent years due to the advent of a DUI Court and Drug Treatment Court in Potter County. 

Defendants deemed eligible for one of those alternatives are able to avoid severe legal consequences through a highly supervised and accountable disposition structure that entails lifestyle changes and treatment/counseling services to assist them in becoming more responsible citizens. 

Petrosky, a resident of Clinton County, until recently maintained a limited private practice and has served as a solicitor to local governments and statewide organizations.


Anonymous said...

good luck your a good man

Anonymous said...

Yea, lets all pretend the Public Defender's office is anything more than a state-funded vehicle to compel the accused into pleading guilty to lessor charges.

We all know the game. The police "pyramid" the charges. The Public Pretender makes a little deal to drop the tougher charges. The Public Pretender wins, the District Attorney wins, and the accused loses.

If you cannot afford an attorney, you are screwed. The justice system is not blind, it is not fair, and the sooner people learn that, the better off they'll be.

Your best course of action is to never be involved in this twisted system. Don't call the police unless you absolutely must.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:34 Seems to me that the "better course of action" would be to not do anything stupid enough to get you into trouble in the first place...but then "everybody knows" that everyone who ends up getting arrested is completely innocent, RIGHT???? (Currently wondering who ties your shoelaces for you).

Anonymous said...

Stay out of trouble !
You will not end up in the system !
You'll save us taxes payers by keeping yourself clean n out of trouble!

Anonymous said...

8:34 that is convoluted logic. Whose side are you on? The good guys (public safety, obeying the laws?) or the lawbreakers? That's like the Don't Snitch slogan. Why not snitch? Isn't it a crime to witness a violation of the law and not report it? Is this what the world has come to? Hanus behavior is tolerated and actually advocated?