Monday, January 24, 2011

What I'd like to know is

How much money does the fed put towards defense for poor defendants?

Of course I'm conflating the criminal trials of the poor with the civil trials of the rich. But there is no right to council in civil trials. Unless you're rich. Then 30 plus million per defendant, at tax payer expense, is totally reasonable.

Now let's just imagine I'm poor (wait, I am!) and got in trouble for "overstating my profits" by writing a bad check (alas, I am unbanked, no bad checks for me). Would I get the same kind of legal defense? What does one have to do to get the federal government to pony up 30 million bucks? I want to be that kind of crook.

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