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Saratoga County appoints first conflict defender

Walsh will take over cases involving conflict with public defender

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A lawyer best-known for his election work for the Republican Party is expected to be named Saratoga County’s first conflict defender.

James E. Walsh of Ballston Spa was recommended Wednesday for the $44,493-a-year, part-time position by the county board’s Personnel Committee. The appointment will go before the full Board of Supervisors on March 18.

In the role, Walsh will represent criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer but can’t be represented by the county ...

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