- 7:24 am - Thu, Jul 19, 2012
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Florida — Protect the Poor’s Right to a Lawyer!
The Florida legislature — trying to save money — approved a law that changed how court appointed defense attorneys for the poor are paid.
It’s not just that the defense attorneys are paid less. The law created a flat fee model that put a cap on the money that a defense lawyer can receive for their services. The caps are extremely low — so low that many attorneys are actually losing money accepting cases. It has resulted in many lawyers either refusing to take poor defendants or ending the cases as soon as they can.
This destroys the poor’s right to a fair trial and adequate legal representation.
Please tell Florida to protect the poor’s right to a lawyer!
Sign the petition here.
Its never been easy being poor anywhere in the world, but its getting harder and harder here in America..