Well, that was disappointing.
The RFP for indigent-defense proposals for the county and district courts received exactly one response – for misdeanors only – submitted by a partnership between former DA candidate Edward Bravenec and political powerhouse Walter Serna. (Bravenec is also a partner in residential and commercial real estate with Michael Westheimer, husband of PdA Editor Elaine Wolff and an investor in the site.)
No one bid on picking up the work in the felony courts. Perhaps because they didn’t want to waste their time – the district judges are said to be even more averse to privatizing the County’s indigent defense system than the misdemeanor judges.
And the misdemeanor judges aren't sold. We hear that County Court Judge Jason Wolff met with his cousin, County Commissioner Kevin Wolff, this week to convey their dissatisfaction with the Bravenec/Serna proposal.
DA Susan Reed, whom Bravenec challenged unsuccessfully in 2006, is also said to be less than thrilled with the idea.
"[The judges] don't want it," we were told, and "the DA hates this firm."