orders defendant to pay public defender's full fees
November 18, 2008 | Judge Thomas L. Willmore of the
1st District Court told Amy Stankiewicz she would have
to pay back fees for her public defender, during her
video arraignment Monday.
The 19-year-old from Salt Lake City was arrested Nov.
16 on charges of presenting false personal information
to an officer and the unlawful possesion and consumption
of alcohol by a minor. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Stankiewicz initially told Willmore she couldn't pay
for a public defender. After learning that Stankiewicz
didn't have the money because she chose to keep a job
at a nonprofit organization and only worked minimum
hours, Willmore ordered her to pay the lawyer in full.
"Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay your fees just because
you like to work for a certain place and don't want
to work full time," he said.
The appointment of a public defender was decided after
Willmore confirmed Stankiewicz's family lawyer wasn't
going to cover the case as she originally thought. Stankiewicz
said she had used the lawyer before in a case in Idaho,
but she had not yet contacted him about her current
"You think that guy works for free?" asked Willmore.
"No, I thought my parents were going to take care
of that," she said.
Stankiewicz was released on her own recognizance. A
pretrial conference will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 9.