Public defender dismissed

The public defender for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit has been dismissed.

Kevin Gough, who had served as the Brunswick circuit public defender, met with Georgia Public Defender Council Executive Director Bryan Tyson earlier today and “it was agreed” that Gough would no longer serve as a public defender, according to a council press release.

In the last week, the council learned about allegations about representation of indigent defendants and the treatment of assistant public defenders in the Brunswick circuit.

“GPDC takes these allegations seriously and will be conducting a full investigation,” according to the release.

One of Brunswick’s assistant public defenders, Holly Hogue Edwards, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to drug charges.

David Dunn, a veteran circuit public defender in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, has been appointed as the interim public defender for Brunswick.

“Mr. Dunn will facilitate a smooth transition for our clients and employees while the Brunswick supervisory panel conducts a candidate search for a new circuit public defender,” according to the release.

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