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McCulloch named DeKalb public defender

Tom McCulloch new Dekalb County public defender

Tom McCulloch, new Dekalb County public defender

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Updated: February 2, 2013 6:20AM

Former Kane County Public Defender Thomas McCulloch has been named the new public defender for DeKalb County.

McCulloch had been named interim public defender in DeKalb County in August, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Regina Harris. The public defender is typically appointed when a defendant cannot afford to hire an attorney.

McCulloch was named as public defender by the circuit judges in the new 23rd Judicial Circuit, which includes DeKalb and Kendall counties, officials said Monday. McCulloch was selected from a field of 11 candidates. His term as DeKalb County public defender will begin this week.

McCulloch has plenty of experience in the public defender’s office. He served as the Kane public defender from 1976 to 1981 and then on an interim basis for six months in 2011.

McCulloch is a graduate of John Marshall Law School in Chicago and served as a Navy pilot from 1967 to 1971.

McCulloch has worked on a variety of high-profile cases. For many years, he defended Brian Dugan, the man who eventually pleaded guilty to the murder of 10-year-old Naperville girl Jeanine Nicarico.

As a private attorney, he represented William Nally, the man convicted of shooting Carpentersville attorney Tim McNamee in 1987.

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