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Rates restored for attorneys defending the poor

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal judiciary has restored hourly pay rates that had been reduced by $15 an hour for lawyers in private practice who accept appointments to defend indigent defendants in criminal cases.

The Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States reduced the rates last August for the court-appointed attorneys, saying the move was necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program.

For work starting March 1, hourly rates will be $126. For defending clients in death penalty cases, the rate will be $180.