All Costs Considered

Earlier this week, NPR’s All Things Considered did an interesting story on criminals being charged for court costs and for a public defender.  Surprising  – yes and no.

Jurisdiction after jurisdiction has been looking every previously untapped income source in order to help pay the bills.  If they have already passed legislation allowing the taxation of nonprofit profits, why not start charging criminals for the system the state set up to determine their guilt or innocence?

The Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments  convey our nation’s presumption of Read more