A Dirty Yard Could Cost You $200K in CA Desert Cities

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Cities in poor sections of the Coachella Valley use privatized prosecutors who bill residents exorbitant "prosecution fees" for minor infractions--$18,000 for a family with a busted garage door and trashy yard, $31,000 for a man who added on to his house without a permit. Advocates say the practice, sanctioned by local city councils, is a thinly veiled money-making scheme . . .

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