Ellis County Observer publisher Joey Dauben finally gets a court-appointed attorney

Joey Dauben

Joey Dauben, the publisher of the now-defunct Ellis County Observer, finally got to see a court-appointed lawyer this week to help him fight the three felony counts of child sexual abuse that have kept him in the Navarro County Jail without legal advice for almost two months now.

Edward Jendrzey, whose office is in Waxahachie in Ellis County, received the court-ordered appointment Thursday, Feb. 16. Jendrzey accepted the case after Steve Keathley, a Corsicana attorney whose wife is the president of the Navarro County Bar Association, declined an appointment by District Court Judge James Lagomarsino to represent the journalist.

In a telephone interview today, Jendrzey said, “Yes, he knows I’m representing him,” when asked whether he had met with his new client, who reached out for help from the media this week in a handwritten letter from jail. When a defendant declares himself to be indigent and asks for a court-appointed attorney, that is supposed to occur within 72 hours. In the letter, Dauben also again claimed he is innocent of the charges.

Jendrzey said his first step in Dauben’s representation will be to conduct an independent investigation of the case to learn the circumstances and to attempt to get Dauben’s $200,000 bond set by Lagomarsino lowered. “I’ll be meeting with the prosecutor about that,” Jendrzey said. Dauben’s family and friends have been unable to raise the 10 percent (or $20,000) payment bond agencies typically charge to get a defendant released from jail.

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Video: 99 Iowa counties, 1 anti-equality focus

Don’t you dare think Bob Vander Plaats is going to rest on the laurels of turning Iowa’s judicial retention process into a highly politicized, largely out-of-state, single issue catharsis that pitted qualified judges’ careers against conservatives’ anti-equality whims. Oh no. Bob and his pal Matt Reisetter are turning that effort into an all-out, 99 county tour across the great Hawkeye State, with a driving goal of rolling back the benign civil rights progress that’s currently not hurting the state, its children, its Christians, or its heterosexual married couples in any marked way.

Here’s the promo:





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With gas prices being what they are, this constitutes such a waste of peace.

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