Calling the bills in a capital murder case one of the worst examples of overpayment of legal fees and costs that she'd ever seen, Florida Judge Ana Gardiner slashed in half the fees requested by the defense lawyer when he withdrew from the case after 14 months. Officials say the case, now on its fourth set of publicly paid defense attorneys, is an example of why Florida's conflict counsel system has far exceeded its budget.
Blasting 'Overpayment' of Bills in Murder Case, Fla. Judge Halves Defense Fee Request
Daily Business Review
April 10, 2007