The Georgia Public Defender Council voted Friday to pay its lawyers the same as prosecutors with similar levels of rank and experience.

Such “pay parity” will benefit dozens of lawyers around the state, but not Kevin Gough, whose firing last month from his post heading the public defender office in Brunswick was upheld by the council on Friday. Gough was five days into a hunger strike spurred by his firing and unresolved complaints he has about the justice system in Brunswick.