I am running for the office of Knox County Public Defender. You may be wondering how who the Public Defender of Knox County is will impact you personally. If living in a safe and prosperous community is important to you, who the Public Defender is matters.
As your Public Defender, I will help increase safety and prosperity in Knox County. I am an experienced criminal defense attorney dedicated to creating clear pathways to help impoverished citizens create successful lives that benefit our communities. I will help defendants by providing them with the tools to lift themselves up and end the cycle of crime.
If I could sit down with you in person and have a conversation, here is what I would want you to know. As both a former assistant public defender and prosecutor in Harlan County, Kentucky, and as a practicing defense attorney in Knoxville for the past 10 years, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact of poverty, mental illness, and drug and alcohol abuse and how it leads to criminal behavior. I bring a balanced and nuanced perspective on how the system works.