Lincoln County appoints new public defender

Published 2:27 pm Monday, November 16, 2020

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors appointed a new public defender Monday.

Attorney and Mississippi Senator Jason Barrett, who is head of the county’s public defender team, presented Jackson attorney Graham Carner as his recommendation for the spot.

“It’s a pretty big role to fill,” Barrett said.

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With attorney M. A. Bass’ resignation from the team, the spot has been empty. One of the requirements for the position includes being able to work on capital cases.
Board attorney Will Allen gave his input on Barrett’s recommendation.

“I know him and he’s an outstanding lawyer,” Allen said.

Barrett gave Carner a strong, positive recommendation.

“I think he’d do an outstanding job,” Barrett said.

The board approved the recommendation.


Story by Gracie Byrne