Southern Illinois Assistant Public Defender Fired After Discovery That She Didn’t Have Law License

MADISON COUNTY — An assistant public defender in Madison County has been fired after it was discovered she wasn’t a real lawyer. She was later taken into custody.

Authorities say Kelcie Miller was hired by the Madison County Public Defender’s office in October of 2018 and worked on approximately 80 cases, most of them involving felony charges. Capers has pleaded not guilty.

Miller’s deception was discovered when a court reporter was attempting to put her name on hearing documents and wanted to check the spelling. When the judge entered Miller’s name into the system, no results popped up.

When the clerk and the judge in the case contacted the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, they were told the ARDC could not find Miller in their database.

She had a law degree, but had not passed the exam and, therefore, was not allowed to practice.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and Miller could face charges and possible jail time.

The Public Defender’s Office is reviewing each case Miller worked on and is reaching out to defendants involved.

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