New head of federal defenders named

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Andrea K. George is the new executive director of the team of attorneys representing indigent crime suspects in federal court in Spokane and northern Idaho.

George has replaced Roger Peven as head of the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, a job that was advertised with a salary of $155,000 a year.

The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/wHuICV) reported Thursday that Peven was a finalist to retain his job. But the board that oversees the public defenders chose the 50-year-old George, who works in the office that serves the same function in federal court in Minnesota

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com