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The Boone County Public Defender has strained its resources for years. The number of cases assigned to the local office caseload has increased each year since fiscal 2000, and three of the 11 lawyers, including the district defender, are leaving at the end of June to set up their own private practice.Even though public defenders have help from interns and support staff, handling an average of 150 to 180 cases at a time has pressed some to their limits.