Right to an Attorney Comes at a Price

Right to an Attorney Comes at a Price (washingtonpost.com)

Can I have the right not to have an attorney in my residence? I guess I’ll have to consult the attorney.

…a new Minnesota law that requires poor people to pay as much as $200 for this privilege is under attack by public defenders and some judges, who contend that it undermines the 40-year-old legal tenet established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright.

Minnesota is one of a growing number of states facing enormous budget deficits that are beginning to charge indigents for their constitutional right to legal representation.

And I thought the administration’s economic policies and attack of civil liberties were two separate things. Okay, maybe I’m stretching here, but it’s still a terrible thing.