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#1 Jan 11, 2010
"Public defenders in Wailuku say their office is so short-staffed they will no longer be able to defend clients in DUI, traffic, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor cases....Hawaii law gives indigent people who are arrested for or charged with a criminal offense that is punishable by jail or prison time the right to a public defender or another appointed attorney."I've been wondering for a long time why almost everyone who appears in front of "da judge" on Maui is indigent. Dey got kala for dope, dey got kala for smokes, and dey got kala for booze, dey got kala for a NICE ride, but dey got NO KALA for an ambulance chaser to defend their worthless carcasses (many of them for the "nth" time)! No public kala for freebee ambulance chaser? COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN about lack of taxpayers' kala to fuel the system of freebees for criminal freeloaders! Ahhhh yesss, gotta love this "justice Maui style!" Just wondering (LOL)...
#2 Jan 12, 2010
Has the Department of Budget and Finance even begun to recognize how much more money it will spend to pay for the court-appointed attorneys? B&F pays for public defender salaries as well as court-appointed services. If B&F would just unfreeze public defender positions, it would be a lot cheaper than paying all the private attorneys $90 an hour to represent all the PD clients.....seems short-sighted in this age of budget deficits.
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