http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4077822.html A new Minnesota law that requires a co-payment from people who are given a public defender in criminal cases is unconstitutional, a Hennepin County judge ruled, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The law fails to give judges discretion to waive the fee when it would impose "a manifest hardship," District Judge Richard Hopper said yesterday. Under the statute, a defendant is charged $200 to be defended against a felony, $100 for a gross misdemeanor, and $50 for a misdemeanor . . .
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