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Indigent Defender

Louisiana is one of 32 states in the country where convicted murderers can get the death penalty. But that may soon be changing.

It's not a question of a shift in public opinion. It's a question of money. The nations high court has been establishing new standards governing how those facing the death penalty must be defended.

And those new standards are threatening to drive up the cost of these trials to the point where neither side, the defense nor the prosecution has enough money to go to trial. Paul Marx heads up the public defenders office. Mike Harson is the district attorney.

"As the death penalty has developed and there has been litigation on the national scene, the supreme court has insisted that we hire experts, that we have people who can discuss a persons life history." said Marx.

"The public defenders are now looking to file motions in all these capital cases arguing they don't have the funds to provide for the experts that are needed." said Harson.
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