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Frommer applies for public defender

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN A suspect facing nearly a dozen counts of felony check fraud got what he wanted Monday after begging a district court judge for two more weeks to get a lawyer.A few months ago, Peter Frommer was renting a house in Woody Creek and sending his children to Aspen Country Day School. And though the California man claims to have paid back the many businesses and individuals he allegedly owes, Frommer just two weeks ago lost a small claims case involving two local baby sitters.On Monday, Frommer was accompanied to a 9th Judicial District courtroom in Aspen by Garth McCarty, a Glenwood Springs public defender, who confirmed that Frommer has filled out paperwork for state-funded legal representation. Frommer claimed to have a California attorney who would represent him in Colorado. However, when assistant district attorney Gail Nichols was shown the name of that attorney, she said that attorney had “emphatically said no” to representing Frommer.Further, Nichols noted that the property Frommer said would help pay the California attorney’s retainer was in foreclosure. “I urge you to do whatever you need to do to have a attorney next time,” Judge James Boyd said. Boyd continued the case until April 2 and allowed Frommer to return to California to take care of multiple civil suits he faces there.Two weeks ago, local defense attorney John Van Ness withdrew from representing Frommer because of a “breakdown in the attorney/client relationship.”Boyd stressed that though Frommer may qualify for a public defender, it was unfair to take up the court’s time if he was going to hire a private lawyer. Boyd also said there could be no more delays. Frommer recently lost an Aspen civil suit by two baby sitters who said they provided round-the-clock care for Frommer’s children in December and January. The two won more than $10,000, plus additional court fees.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com