|Published: 10:48 AM, 11/16/2010
||Last updated: 10:48 AM, 11/16/2010
Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Defendants who claim they cannot afford to hire
their own lawyer will be required to follow the law or they could find
themselves in more trouble, according to Cocke County Circuit Judge Ben W.
Before conducting arraignment hearings for defendants who
were accused of crimes by the Cocke County Grand Jury last week, Judge Hooper
cautioned them not to lie on the family income forms they are required to
complete to qualify for appointed counsel and stressed that they must pay a
state-mandated $200 assessment required of indigent defendants.
"The court is going to make an all-out effort to see
that every defendant who has appointed counsel follows the law," Judge
Hooper said in court on Monday.
He added that the sworn affidavits of indigency be
completed "completely, accurately, and truthfully." If not, the
defendant could find himself facing a charge of perjury.
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