Friday, April 04, 2008

Equal Justice

This, I think, is the latest funny coming out of American Samoa. Whoever said it was difficult to get a public defender needed to move to AS. Usually, your eligibility is based upon your income. Well, in the latest criminal case to hit the headlines, the mayor of the capitol of American Samoa, Pago Pago, was represented in court by a public defender. Sheesh! He must really be hard up for cash!


Philip Murphy said...

although it's his own fault... he did everything he could at the last minute to dump the PD's office.

I know for a fact after a jury had been pooled, a PD asked a private attorney to take the case. the mayor even paid at least one retainer (but it was never cashed.) classic amsam politics at work.

Still, pretty odd that the mayor didn't hire someone beforehand.