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  •  not necessarily true. (2+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster, VClib

    First, O'Mara originally was going to be paid by the public defender's office, as once Z was arrested he lost his job and had no income.  What changed that was the money in the defense fund.  With that Z no longer qualified for public defender fund.

    Had O'Mara been paid through the public defender's office, he probably would have done the same thing he apparently did here -- front some or all of the costs on his client's behalf, and then seek reimbursement for that if he got the acquittal.

    That is one reason for a statute like this.  

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