Eric LaFleur, the chairman of the Louisiana Senate’s finance committee, is in charge of vetting next year’s budget. He says that the public defenders “have certainly got our attention,” because some “bad guys will go unprosecuted if they don’t have a lawyer.” But the likelihood of more funding for indigent defense, he says, remains slim. “They can draw attention to their plight, but the basic fiscal situation remains the same: With the budget deficit we have, people who commit crimes are still a low priority.”No big deal. It's just basic habeas corpus we're talking about here. And we gotta make sure we protect that Hollywood South tax credit in the meantime.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
We cannot afford freedom anymore.