Family member is in county prison awaiting preliminary hearing. He applied for public defender but heard nothing, so he inquired with his counselor, who informed that since his brother & father both applied for one within the last year - he was not permitted to apply for either or. His mother called the counselor & was told the same thing. I called the public defender's office & they said that he could apply - he might get a court-appointed. For this current case (2 mos old) - his brother has a private atty and his father had a private attorney (his case was dismissed at the preliminary). So isn't it against his civil rights to deny him an attorney?