COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Commissioners in Kootenai County have changed course and agreed to keep the county's longtime public defender on board -- for now.
The commission's decision last month to terminate the contract of 17-year veteran John Adams stirred backlash from civil rights and attorney groups.
At the time, commissioners said their termination notice was a necessary step to doing a broader study on the future of the county's system for indigent public defense.
But the Coeur d'Alene Press reports the commission backtracked Tuesday. Commissioners Todd Tondee and Dan Green voted to rescind the motion ending Adams' tenure starting Sept. 30. The new resolution removes the expiration date.
The decision to let Adams drew immediate criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho and the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.