Lancaster County Public Defender Nigro to run for second term


Lancaster County Public Defender Joe Nigro has announced his re-election campaign for a second four-year term.

County officials approve new public defense attorney

The Lancaster County Public Defender’s office will have a new attorney starting July 1 to help it deal with a sizable increase in felonies.

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners approved hiring a new attorney Thursday who will focus on felonies.

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A panel discussion of legislative ideas for alternatives to incarceration that could help reduce prison overcrowding.

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Deputy announces campaign for public defender, Lincoln Journal Star 

Joe Nigro this week launched a bid to succeed his boss as Lancaster County’s public defender.

Nigro, 56, would succeed Dennis Keefe, who won’t seek a 10th term after 36 years at the helm of the office dedicated to defending people who can’t afford lawyers.

“I am the candidate who will protect our rights and our pocketbooks,” said Nigro, who has worked in the office for nearly 30 years.”


Lancaster County public defender won’t seek 10th term, Lincoln Journal Star

Dennis Keefe, Lancaster County’s longest-serving public defender, gathered his staff Thursday to tell them he will not seek a 10th term next year.

It will be the first time in 36 years his name won’t appear on the ballot for the elected office responsible for providing legal defense for indigent people in the county.


13 a good number for drug court graduates, Lincoln Journal Star

When Dane Wachtel entered Lancaster County Adult Drug Court, he considered it the opportunity of a lifetime.“As I’m leaving the program,” he said during the drug court’s quarterly graduation, “I think it gave me more a lifetime of opportunities.”“Over the last year, my life has turned around so much.”