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When taxpayers foot the bill, state officials get the pricier attorney

May 13, 2016

by TRAVIS FAIN
The Daily Press

When the state hires private attorneys for government officials, the bills run hundreds of dollars an hour.But when people who can’t afford an attorney face felony charges that could land them in prison for decades, it’s $90 an hour with a $1,235 cap for the whole case, unless a judge authorizes more.