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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
GOVERNOR

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2016
16:035

CONTACT: Jon Hanian
(208) 334-2100

 

 

 

GOVERNOR OTTER NAMES NEW STATE APPELLATE PUBLIC DEFENDER

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Eric Fredericksen to the position of State Appellate Public Defender (SAPD).

Fredericksen, who earned his law degree from the University of Idaho, had been interim SAPD since Sara Thomas left the agency in July to become administrative director of Idaho’s State Courts.

The SAPD oversees a legal staff that handles appeals for indigent defendants who have been convicted of felonies. In capital cases, where a death sentence is involved, the SAPD handles appeals from district court for post-conviction relief as well as direct appeals of convictions.

“Sara set a great example of leadership and professionalism in this position, and I’m confident that Eric will be just as successful as the new Appellate Public Defender,” Governor Otter said. “The SAPD does the underappreciated but necessary work of protecting the post-conviction constitutional rights of criminal defendants. By providing that legal representation, the SAPD helps ensure that the benefits of equal justice – including the right to appellate review – are extended to all our citizens.” 

Fredericksen joined the Office of the State Appellate Public Defender after earning in his law degree in 2002, working as a deputy and senior attorney before leaving the office in May 2012 to join a small private law firm. He returned to the office in September 2014 and was serving as chief of the SAPD’s Appellate Unit when Sara Thomas left to accept the job with the Idaho Courts.

Fredericksen has handled over 1,000 criminal appeals and is responsible for 89 published opinions.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected by Governor Otter to serve the State of Idaho as the SAPD,” he said. “I feel truly blessed to inherit a tremendous office of talented, hardworking attorneys and staff; I am excited to work with community leaders in advocating for the guarantees and protections contained in both the state and federal constitutions.”  

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