‘Free’ Legal Representation Now Comes at a Cost

Print More

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50679-2003Oct19.html A new Minnesota law that requires poor people to pay as much as $200 for free legal representation in criminal cases is under attack by public defenders and some judges, who contend that it undermines the 40-year-old legal tenet established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. Minnesota is one of a growing number of states facing enormous budget deficits that are beginning to charge indigents for their constitutional right to . . .

Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!