[Audio] Public Defender boss facing lawsuit over qualifications; Humboldt’s last week of news

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com.

Episode partners: John Craigie in Ferndale Nov. 8 / Bongo Boy Studio
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (7:25): Facing a bit of opposition since he was appointed back in February, an ongoing lawsuit still makes it unclear if Humboldt County’s Public Defender is eligible to have his job. While the Board of Supervisors has stood behind their decision to hire David Marcus, he has faced criticism over how he was hired, the aforementioned lawsuit, 17 of his own employees alleging he is unqualified, and even an alleged verbal assault on one of his employees.

“I think it’s a difficult situation for him to come into,” said North Coast Journal Editor Thadeus Greenson. “... Nobody wants to step into a job where people are skeptical of you before you walk in the door. But what I’ve heard from employees of the office that has been frustrating to them, is they feel like he hasn’t addressed it head on, that he has been strolling along as if this issue doesn’t exist…”

In the podcast Greenson is interviewed about his coverage so far.

There is an upcoming hearing on Nov. 13 regarding the lawsuit Marcus faces. Most of the focus has been to determine if Marcus was a practicing attorney in all the courts of California for at least a year before being hired, a reported requirement for his post.

Marcus did not respond to an interview request.

The coverage begins at 7:25 in the audio.

Also covered

A missing 14 year old [UPDATE: Found], the Sheriff visits HACHR, big changes for pediatrics, President Trump nominated a Humboldt native for U.S. Attorney, an arts and crafts bar opening soon, crime updates, a clown, that teenage beer brouhaha, and other top stories from last week.

David Marcus. Photo by Mark McKenna, used with permission from the North Coast Journal