Indigent Defense Costs in Arizona Up Sharply

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http://www.azcapitoltimes.com/azcapitoltimes/myarticles.asp?P=648413&S=459&PubID=11072 Arizona's cost of defending crime suspects who couldn't afford to pay for their attorneys rose 45 per cent between 1998 and 2002, says a new report. The Arizona Capitol Times reports that because counties pay the largest share – about 80 per cent – of the costs for legal counsel, rural, less affluent counties are hit particularly hard. The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission released the report. he total state . . .

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