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Discussion Over State Funding In Criminal Cases

Kennewick, Wash. - Should taxpayers pay for divorce lawyers? That's exactly what one woman is hoping for. She's fighting a child custody case in the Washington State Supreme Court, but doesn't have the cash.

Right now courts only appoint attorneys for criminal cases. The State Attorney General said if people want the system to change it needs to go before state lawmakers. But some think the extra cost would squeeze too much out of tax payers.

"And even though this individual may have a hardship situation there's got to be a better way to do that other than tax payers stepping in and taking on another huge level of legal exposure," said Benton County Commissioner Claude Oliver.    

Commissioner Oliver doesn't believe Benton County voters would go for the tax hike either.

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