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Worth it or wasted: state funds for pro bono cases

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you find yourself in legal trouble, a good lawyer is critically important. But we all know that hiring an attorney can be expensive and some people simply can't afford it.

But sometimes a lawyer will take a case pro bono, agreeing to represent a client who can't afford the legal fees.

Surprisingly, this year's state budget set aside $250,000 for pro bono programs. The funding was inserted into the budget, Specific Appropriation 1334, without debate or lawmaker approval, which is what troubles Florida Tax Watch.

The organizations that received money include The Haitian Lawyers Association, The Cuban American Bar Association Pro Bono Project and the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter Bar Association.

Should taxpayers be supporting and promoting pro bono legal programs to the tune of $250,000 a year?

Thanks for taking our text poll. Here are the results:

WASTED: 90%
WORTH IT: 10%


 

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