Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Joseph Haveman of Holland as well as the reappointment of Thomas McMillin of Rochester Hills to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.

The commission was created as a result of efforts to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. In October 2011, Snyder issued Executive Order 2011-12, establishing the initial Indigent Defense Advisory Commission responsible for recommending improvements to the state’s legal system. These recommendations served as the basis for legislation to address this need as well as called for the 15-member Indigent Defense Commission that the governor signed into law in July 2013.

“I’d like to thank these individuals for their commitment to ensuring all Michiganders receive the legal representation they deserve,” Snyder said.

Read the full press release here.