Governor Phil Bryant Appoints Andre de Gruy Mississippi State Public Defender
Jackson, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Andre de Gruy Mississippi state public defender.
The appointment is effective July 1. De Gruy will replaces Leslie Lee, who is retiring.
Since 2001, de Gruy has served as the director of the state public defender’s office’s capital defense division. Before that, he was an assistant public defender in Hinds County. His legal career started in 1990, as a staff attorney at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center, where he worked until 1995.
“Andre has spent almost three decades ensuring indigent defendants’ constitutional right to legal counsel is fulfilled,” Gov. Bryant said. “That experience makes him uniquely qualified to lead the state public defender’s office, and I appreciate him accepting this appointment.”
As state public defender, de Gruy will manage a staff of attorneys in three divisions: capital defense counsel, which tries and assists in death penalty trials and appeals throughout the state; indigent appeals, which handles all felony indigent criminal appeals; and the training division, which is responsible for the training all of Mississippi's public defenders.
“I am honored by Gov. Bryant’s appointment and look forward to the opportunities and challenges we face in striving to ensure all people in Mississippi have comprehensive Constitutional protections,” de Gruy said.
De Gruy received a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., in 1986. He graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 1990. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Jackson. They have five children and one grandchild.
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Posted June 30, 2016 - 4:27 pm