Sunday, October 11, 2009

Another lawyer's wallet biopsy

I had previously posted a case where an attorney decided to drop a high profile case because the defendent apparently could not afford his legal fees. In today's news there apparently is another lawyer that felt his time and money is more important then protecting a client facing murder charges.

The defendent is Andrew Thomas Gallo, a 22 year old driver accused of DUI and running into another car killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart along with two other people and seriously injuring a fourth person. According to the paper,

"The Orange County Public Defender got the headline-making case earlier this month after private attorney Randall T. Longwith bowed out when he could not get court funding to hire additional investigators and medical experts."

Again I ask, why is it illegal for physicians to turn away patients facing life and death situations if they cannot pay yet lawyers are allowed to turn away clients facing murder charges apparently because the government will not pay his expected legal fees? Is it any wonder hospitals all over the country are closing their emergency rooms, if not the whole building, because their indigent patient expenses are not being adequately compensated by the government?

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