Risë Jones Pichon

Shirakawa ‘Allegedly Indigent,’ Requests Public Defender in Mail Fraud Case

George Shirakawa Jr., right, will continue to have attorney John Williams represent him in a case he has already pleaded guilty, while a public defender will now represent the former county supervisor in his case. (File photo)

George Shirakawa Jr. can no longer afford his legal bills, according to his top-dollar lawyer. As a result, county taxpayers will now start picking up the tab. In court Wednesday, attorney John Williams told Judge Risë Jones Pichon that the disgraced former county supervisor needs a public defender to represent him on a felony charge of false personation. That case, as well as a sentencing hearing for Shirakawa’s admitted misuse of campaign funds and perjury, will be heard next week.

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